Photo of Eagle Valley - Woodbury Minnesota example of narrow street
An example of a narrow street from Woodbury, Minnesota. Reducing street width reduces the amount of pollution on impermeable surfaces and is therefore an effective pollution prevention practice.
image of street sweeper
Street sweeping removes pollutants at their source. Image courtesy Sarah Hobbie, University of Minnesota

Pollution prevention (P2) is a “front-end” method to decrease costs, risks, and environmental concerns. In contrast to managing pollution after it is created, P2 reduces or eliminates waste and pollution at its source. Once practices are in place, savings from P2 continue year after year. Source control is a form of prevention, but instead of relying on not generating pollution sources it relies on removal of pollutants at their source. Two examples are provided below.

  • Pollution prevention: Decreased or elimination of fertilizer use, using products that do not generate a specific pollutant, not using detergents when washing.
  • Source control: Street sweeping, pet waste management, rain barrels

Prevention and source control not only reduce overall pollutant loads, but decrease loading to downstream best management practices (bmps), thus reducing maintenance needs and extending the life of those bmps.

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This page was last edited on 3 August 2022, at 17:43.