What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil & grease, soil and other potential pollutants. These pollutants tend to run into storm drains that are directly connected to our waterways. Stormwater runoff is untreated. But wetlands and other natural resources can hold excess water in place, filtering out sediment and pollutants before they reach waterways while also helping to recharge groundwater.
What Can You Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution?
- Clean up PET WASTE
- Pick up TRASH
- Use less FERTILIZER
- Clean up OIL LEAKS
- Compost YARD DEBRIS
- Repair AUTO LEAKS
- Recycle BATTERIES
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