10 Facts about Stormwater

  1. Stormwater comes from precipitation.
  2. Stormwater that does not soak into the ground becomes surface runoff.
  3. Runoff becomes polluted as it runs along roads, parking lots, roofs, lawns and farms.
  4. Runoff contains pollutants such as automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides, bacteria, sediments, litter, and pet waste.
  5. Surface runoff flows into a storm sewer that eventually flows into waterways (rivers, streams, lakes, oceans).
  6. Runoff is typically not treated before it enters the waterways.
  7. Landscape architects are now developing new options to reduce runoff including porous pavement, biodetention ponds, flow through planters, French drains, green roofs, use of native plants, reduction of lawn areas, rain gardens and bioswales.
  8. Plants and soil filter water and improve water quality.
  9. Water quality is the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water.
  10. The water you drink is affected by stormwater. Rochesterian’s can become an H2O Hero – learn more here.

4 Replies to “10 Facts about Stormwater”

  1. I appreciate what you said about water runoff and how it can contain harmful substances, like automotive fluid. When it comes to proper stormwater drainage, it’s a great idea to work with a contractor that is mindful of such a thing. My friend wants to add a drainage system to his property, so I’ll recommend he talk to the best contractor in his respective area in order to see the results he desires.

  2. Stormwater is difficult to control, but it seems having more plants and soil available can make an impact on how harmful it is to the environment. Thanks for sharing!

  3. An interesting discussion is worth comment.
    I do believe that you should publish more on this topic, it might not be
    a taboo matter but usually folks don’t discuss such subjects.
    To the next! Cheers!!

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