Excess stormwater from strong storms moves quickly, picking up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. That water then flows untreated directly into a storm drain or our waterways. This stormwater is discharged into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals and people. Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow. It can also destroy aquatic habitats for fish and other wildlife. Polluted stormwater often affects drinking water sources. This, in turn, can affect human health and increase drinking water treatment costs.
There are ways that you can help to slow the flow of fast-moving stormwater, giving the environment time to absorb water and reducing the amount of sediment deposited in streams, rivers, and the lake.
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Further Stormwater Information
- Better Backroads: Clean Water You Can Afford
- Stormwater Financing: Public Responsibility for a Public Problem (PDF)()
- What is Nonpoint Source Pollution? ()
- EPA Stormwater Homepage ()
- The Problem of Urban Stormwater Pollution ()
- New England Stormwater Homepage ()
- Volume-Based Design and Green Infrastructure