Educational Outreach

In addition to implementing large scale projects to capture pollutants from roadways and impervious areas, SHA is dedicated to providing resources to members of the transportation community interested in reducing pollutants.  Visit the links below for more resources on ways you can help reduce stormwater pollution in local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

PROPER EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL PRACTICES
Erosion on construction sites can be a significant source of sediment pollution to nearby streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) offers a Responsible Personnel Certification Course to individuals interested in learning about Maryland’s erosion and sediment control program and how it protects local water resources and the Chesapeake Bay. Citizens can be involved in this process by understanding erosion and sediment control practices and by reporting any observed violations.

PROPER DISPOSAL OF VEHICLE FLUIDS
Used motor oil and brake fluid contain many toxins that are harmful to humans and the environment. It takes approximately half a gallon of oil to contaminate millions of gallons of fresh water. Instead of risking contamination of the waterways, used motor oil and brake fluid can be recycled and used for a variety of purposes.

STORM DRAIN STENCILING
A great way to help members of your community remember that storm drains are the entryways to our local waters and the Chesapeake Bay is through storm drain stenciling.

REFRAINING FROM AND REPORTING ROADSIDE DUMPING
Dumping waste materials along the side of the road is illegal and may harm the public and the environment. It also results in clean-up costs and unattractive roadways. Please report illegal dumping along SHA roadways.

PROPER LITTER AND TRASH DISPOSAL
Litter collection throughout the SHA right-of-way costs millions of dollars each year. This is money that would otherwise be spent on providing safer bridges, roads and cleaner water to the Chesapeake Bay. Covering materials when transporting them in open air vehicles and covering trash and recycling containers can go a long way in helping to reduce the abundance of trash that reaches the Bay each year.

DECREASING VEHICLE IDLING
Idling, leaving the engine of a car running while it’s not moving, leads to excessive personal cost, pollution, threatens health, and can be against the law. After just 10 seconds of idling, more fuel has been wasted than if the engine had been turned off and restarted. In Maryland, it is illegal to leave your car idling except under certain conditions. Idling typically occurs in public places, such as schools, malls, and restaurants, where people congregate. Exhaust gases have been known to increase cases of asthma, cancer, and heart disease.

UTILIZING ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION
Using alternative modes of transportation reduces fuel consumption, air pollution, and traffic. SHA supports alternate work schedules and carpooling for employees as well as establishing HOV lanes on major roadways. SHA also promotes National Bike to Work Day, National Bike to School Day, and International Walk to School Day in an effort to reduce the pollution entering the waterways.

CAR CARE AND WASHING
Performing regular car maintenance, including tune-ups, oil changes, air filter maintenance, and proper tire inflation, will save on gas consumption and pollute less than a poorly maintained vehicle. Proper car washing will improve water conservation and the quality of water going to the Chesapeake Bay.

PROPER PET WASTE DISPOSAL
Pet waste contains bacteria and parasites that are harmful to humans and aquatic life.  During storm events, pet waste left on the ground washes into storm drains and eventually ends up in streams and other waterways, including public beaches.  By picking up after your pet, you can help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the waterways that drain to it.

BAY RESTORATION DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS
Explore documents and reports that detail the Chesapeake Bay program requirements and objectives.

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