The term storm water management means controlling storm water, where it goes, and keeping storm water free of pollutants. Storm water management goes hand in hand with the development of towns and cities.
Storm water runoff is a major problem when it picks up garbage, debris, sediment, and other pollutants from parking lots, yards, streets, etc. Unclean storm water 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.