Stormwater 101

Stormwater refers to the water from rain, ice melt, snow, and other water-related activities, including pool drainage and lawn watering. This water either seeps back into the ground or runs off into storm sewers, streams, rivers, or lakes. Urban development has created impervious surfaces that make it difficult for water to seep back into the ground (i.e., increased pavement), creating more stormwater runoff. Unfortunately, the stormwater collects pollutants along its path to sewers or water bodies, including litter, pet and animal waste, and industrial contaminants. This water is heavily polluted once it reaches water bodies and so results in closed beaches, poor water visibility, polluted drinking water, algae blooms, and the destruction of fish habitats. Check out the links below for more information about stormwater runoff: