When you protect beaches from stormwater pollution, more people visit and enjoy the beach. These are the results of a recent study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin:

“Cost has many municipalities opposed to installing storm drain diversion systems, but the data showed these investments pay off,” said Linwood Pendleton, co-author and director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. “Beyond their effectiveness as a tool for managing pollution in coastal waters, storm drain diversions increased attendance at individual beaches in the region by 350,000 to 860,000 annually.”

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