The EPA grant allows the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to prevent storm water runoff or rainfall water pollution.

The project will enable Louisiana to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act by implementing the Nonpoint Source Management Plan.

The Agency said runoff or nonpoint source water pollution happens when contaminants are carried into rivers, lakes, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters, and the source of the pollution may come from lawn fertilizers, improperly managed construction sites, or oil and grease from highways.

EPA encourages households to purchase detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams and coastal waters.

The Agency also recommends washing vehicles on grassy areas or a gravel driveway to prevent runoff.