A Community Blazing a New Trail to Clean Water

The town of Durham is trying a new approach to reduce pollution flowing into the Great Bay estuary. In the past, the EPA has demanded that waste-water reach certain thresholds of cleanliness, and at the same time asked communities to come up with a qualitative plan to clean water that runs off of parking lots and roofs. Durham has proposed combining the two approaches, asking to "trade" removing more pollution from stormwater for removing less from wastewater. In this way, the town hopes to focus on low-hanging fruit, save its town's budget, and not have to buy and pump explosive chemicals as part of an expensive wastewater treatment upgrade.

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