Nobody ever thinks about storm drains, but in Cedar Key, those stormwater collectors literally protect the lifeblood of the economy.
When it rains, storm drains collect and filter the at least the first inch of water running off the streets before it can run into the Gulf. The first inch of stormwater contains the majority of chemical and biological pollutants, including oil, antifreeze and gasoline, fertilizer, and animal feces, definitely substances that should be kept out of the waters that nourish sport and subsistence fishing, boating, swimming and aquaculture.
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