What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water that runs off roofs, driveways, and streets into our storm drains and rivers. In the journey from our streets to our streams, stormwater picks up chemicals, trash, and other pollutants that contaminate our waterways. The water that flows in our storm drains flows directly into our waterways, without passing through a water treatment plant, so it is important that only rain goes down our storm drains.
Why should we care about stormwater?
Stormwater pollution is the top cause of water pollution and an important contributor to flooding. As a result, stormwater has the potential to be very disruptive to our day to day lives. By properly managing stormwater, we can reduce that impact and even start to treat stormwater as a resource.