Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution
Equity and the Nonpoint Source Program
The national nonpoint source (NPS) program recognizes the importance of environmental justice (EJ) and is exploring how the program may expand investments for pollution reduction projects that ensure fair and equitable access to improved water quality.
New NPS Resources
CWSRF Best Practices Guide for Financing Nonpoint Source Solutions (pdf): This guide is designed to help the 51 state-level CWSRF programs apply best practices to address the challenge of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution.
Advancing Watershed Protection Through Land Conservation: A Guide for Land Trusts (pdf): This guide was released by the Healthy Watersheds Team to support watershed conservation. More information on the Healthy Watersheds Team and watershed protection can be found here.
Explore NPS Projects in a Watershed Near You!
The Data Explorer is a useful tool for interested community members, local watershed partners, and other non-governmental stakeholders to understand the work being done in their watersheds to restore and protect water quality. The Data Explorer website can be found here - or navigate to your watershed using the widget below!
Enter a location in the widget below to learn about nonpoint source projects in the U.S.
Nonpoint Source pollution is...caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and ground waters.
Getting Started with the NPS Program!
Learn more about how states, Tribes, and territories are working to address NPS pollution.