Nonpoint Source Pollution Education
Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) results from rain water flowing over and through the ground, picking up pollutants (soil, oil, grease, bacteria, pathogens, heavy metals, nutrients, pesticides and other contaminants), carrying them away and depositing them into guts, wetlands, salt ponds, beaches, coastal waters and ground water.
The St. Croix VIMAS office has been involved with educating the youth of our community about NPS for several years. NPS is the most prevalent form of water pollution in the territory, and it is our hope that by educating our future leaders we can find local solutions to the problem of NPS pollution.
VIMAS uses the EnviroScape®, an interactive watershed model, to teach local students about watershed dynamics and to demonstrate how NPS is generated and how it affects our environment.
|| The model accurately depicts the features present in our islands' watersheds. By populating and polluting a model watershed, the students learn about NPS and its effects in a hands-on manner.
Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) originates from many sources including vessel wastes and rainfall runoff from diverse areas such as construction sites, streets and parking lots, homes, farms and agricultural fields, and illegal dumping of wastes. NPS is the predominant form of pollution in the Virgin Islands. To combat NPS, VIMAS is continuing with a public education program to target students from K-12. Education is the key to controlling NPS, and by targeting the youth of the Virgin Islands, it is our goal to help define the behaviors of our future policy makers.
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