Why is stormwater management important?

The term stormwater management means controlling stormwater, where it goes, and keeping stormwater free of pollutants. Stormwater management goes hand in hand with the development of towns and cities.

Stormwater runoff is a major problem when it picks up garbage, debris, sediment, and other pollutants from parking lots, yards, streets, etc. Unclean stormwater runoff discharges result in the loss of fish and aquatic wildlife from streams and creeks.

When proper stormwater management is implemented, this runoff is directed to stormwater management.

When this runoff is temporarily stored in a stormwater management facility, pollutants such as oil, chemicals, sediment, bacteria, etc. have the opportunity to settle out, thus improving the quality of the downstream waterway.

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1. What is stormwater?
2. What is stormwater runoff?
3. Why is stormwater management important?
4. What can you do to prevent stormwater runoff?