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Stormwater

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What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is pure rainwater, plus anything the rain carries along with it. In urban areas, rain that falls on the roof of your house, or collects on paved areas like driveways, and roads is carried away through a system of pipes or ditches. The stormwater flows directly from streets and gutters into our rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Straight from your street to waterways inhabited by fish, frogs and other aquatic animals and plants.

Polluted Stormwater:

When polluted stormwater reaches our waterways, it has many long-lasting, negative effects on aquatic plant and animal life. This pollution also impacts other wildlife that use the water or eat the contaminated seafood. This includes humans.

Some of the Potential Effects of Polluted Stormwater are:

  • Sediment and other debris clog drains and waterways causing flooding
  • Stormwater pollution can harm aquatic life and make fish inedible
  • Polluted stormwater can pose a health risk to people

Repercussion:

If we don't stop the pollution, one of our most valuable resources - our waters - will be lost forever. Please remember, ditches and storm drains are not connected to the sewer system. They flow directly into streams, lakes, rivers, estuaries, bays and the Gulf of Mexico. This means that storm water is not cleaned or decontaminated before it flows into our waterways.

Whatever you put in ditches, street drains, and on your lawn, goes immediately into our recreational waters whenever there is a significant rain.

Types of Storm water Pollution:

  • Litter - such as cigarette butts, cans, paper or plastic bags
  • Chemical pollution - such as detergents, oil or fertilizers
  • Organic pollution - such as leaves, lawn and garden clippings, animal droppings, and dirt

This ends up discharging into waterways as sediment, sludge and solids. These can sometimes be removed by pollution traps and ponds, but the most effective way to reduce this problem is to prevent pollution entering the stormwater system. The traps don't catch all the silt or litter, and they don't stop chemical pollutants at all.

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