1. What is stormwater and stormwater runoff?
Stormwater is water from rain or melted snow that cannot be absorbed by the soil and instead washes off the land surface.
2. How does it become polluted?
As stormwater washes across the land it picks up pollutants and debris left from people and animals, such as sediment, oils, salts, trash, manure, fertilizers, pesticides and more.
3. How can stormwater be managed?
Private and municipal stormwater systems can be designed and constructed to capture, treat and reduce the amount of pollutants and the volume of stormwater that runs off the land and contributes to flooding, degraded streams and poor water quality.
4. Who is responsible for managing stormwater runoff?
Any property owner where improvements have been made, like building construction and paving, is responsible for the increased amount of stormwater that has occurred from the improvements.
5. Where can I find more information about managing stormwater runoff?
your local municipality