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Stormwater runoff is water from rainfall that flows along the land surface usually finding its way into the nearest ditch or water bodies, such as a river, stream, lake or pond. As urban development continues to increase with impervious surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, parking lots, and roads the rainwater is becoming runoff flowing into storm drains and nearby water bodies instead of being absorbed by the soil. 

As stormwater runoff flows over these impervious surfaces it picks up potential pollutants such as sediment, trash, fertilizers and pesticides, pet wastes, and oil from parking lots and roads. These pollutants end up in our local waterways.

 

Let's look at the water cycle and see how our society has changed it: https://youtu.be/dMfqS2eX3sE

 

Changes in land use and in areas where urbanization has occurred stormwater runoff has created an array of problems, Why is stormwater runoff a problem?

 

So How Can YOU Help?

Here you will find some simple things that you can do to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution in our creeks, lakes, and rivers.

 



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