Install stormwater traps to prevent garbage from reaching rivers, coastal and marine environments
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Garbage from urban areas can enter marine and freshwater environments in stormwaters running off land via stormwater conduits and drainage systems (Armitage & Rooseboom 2000). Garbage can negatively affect marine reptiles, and all seven species of sea turtles are known to be affected by litter in the marine environment (Kühn et al. 2015). Stormwater traps or grids are designed to prevent garbage from entering stormwaters and may therefore reduce the amount reaching marine and freshwater environments (Armitage 2007).
Armitage N. & Rooseboom A. (2000) The removal of urban litter from stormwater conduits and streams: Paper 1 - The quantities involved and catchment litter management options. Water Science and Technology, 26, 181–188.
Armitage N. (2007) The reduction of urban litter in the stormwater drains of South Africa. Urban Water Journal, 4, 151–172.
Kühn S., Bravo Rebolledo E.L. & van Franeker J.A. (2015) Deleterious effects of litter on marine life. Pages 75–116 in: M. Bergmann, L. Gutow & M. Klages (eds.) Marine Anthropogenic Litter. Springer International Publishing, Cham.