Heather Darden


This article addresses nonpoint source pollution and its detrimental effects on the environment. Through a focus on the devastating problems wastewater has caused in the Florida Keys, the author shows how pollution of this kind, not properly regulated, can have life threatening impacts on our environment. This article describes the current systems used in the Florida Keys, and the downfalls of such systems. Further, this paper also provides an overview of the sources of water pollution and the resources for regulation of such pollution, while also providing recommendations for strengthening these regulatory schemes. As the bulk of current federal regulation of water pollution is aimed at identifiable point sources, the author calls for strengthening of regulation of nonpoint source pollution, in an effort to protect our national waters, particularly those in the Florida Keys region.