Pollution warning

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p-stormdrain-071509.jpgMyles Crawford paints an environmental reminder along side a storm drains in the Capisic Brook area of Portland last week. The message “No Dumping – Drains to Bay” is an educational effort by the Casco Bay Youth Conservation Corps, the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Friends of Casco Bay to get people reduce the release of pollution into the city’s natural water systems. Most city storm drains empty directly into the nearest body of water without being treated, which means that any trash or contaminates like oil, fertilizers, detergents, cigarette butts, and dog waste , emptied into a storm drain end up polluting local brooks, streams, ponds, lakes and the bay. (Michael Barriault photo)