- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks officials are launching a public-education effort in an effort to reduce water pollution.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/Td5euO ) that many residents are apparently unaware that storm drains lead directly into the Chena River or Noyes Slough.

Jackson Fox, the city’s planning and permitting manager, says Fairbanks is continually trying to educate residents about how their actions can affect local water quality. When the snow melts each spring in Fairbanks, it can wash a lot of nasty stuff down storm drains. That includes antifreeze, oil or transmission fluid that leaked from vehicles during the winter, as well as litter and pet waste.

The city will be circulating a 23-question survey throughout the community this summer. The goal is to try to learn about people’s habits as well as educate them. The city did a similar survey six years ago and found that about 50 percent of the approximately 200 people who responded did not know that storm drain runoff flows directly into local streams and ponds.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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