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Nonpoint Source Pollution: Public Education

Materials for communities, schools, groups, and others to participate in the Nonpoint Source(NPS) Pollution public education campaigns.

What Is Nonpoint Source Pollution?

Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution results when small amounts of contaminants from a large number of sources are carried by rainfall runoff into streams, lakes, or bays. For example, pollutants may be washed off lawns, construction areas, farms, or highways during a heavy rain and carried to a nearby creek.

Use these materials in your community or in public outreach campaigns to educate people about NPS Pollution. Items with a publication number (such as GI-028) can be ordered from the TCEQ.


The following other Take Care of Texas Guides offer more tips to help save time, money, and effort while conserving water and energy, keeping the air clean, and reducing waste in your yard:

Other Resources

  • Storm Water Outreach Materials: Exit the TCEQ materials and resources for citizens, state or local governments, and construction site operators to educate communities about storm water runoff.
  • Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox: Exit the TCEQ collection of local and national outreach materials for use and sharing by citizens and local governments to educate communities about NPS pollution.
  • Galveston Bay Estuary Program NPS of Pollution Action Plan:Exit the TCEQ developed to reduce and eventually eliminate harm from nonpoint sources entering Galveston Bay.

  • EPA's SepticSmart: encourages homeowners to take steps to maintain their home septic systems, preventing costly repairs and pollution to local waterways. This national program also provides tools and materials for local and regional outreach programs.

For more information, e-mail us at educate@tceq.texas.gov.

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