What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that does not infiltrate into the ground due to urbanization. Most of the times, the runoff flows into creeks, rivers, lakes or our oceans.
Why is stormwater runoff polluted?
On its way to water bodies, stormwater runoff usually picks up many different substances that pollute the water, such as pesticides, fertilizers, sediment, litter, yard waste, and pet waste. These substances can cause serious harm to our aquatic ecosystems.
What are the causes for stormwater runoff pollution?
There are multiple causes for the pollution of stormwater runoff. The biggest factor by far are everyday activities, for example farmers using massive amounts of fertilizer on their fields.
Is it necessary for us to manage stormwater runoff?
Polluted stormwater runoff is the #1 cause of water pollution in North Carolina, so yes, it is necessary for us to manage our stormwater runoff. The problem with polluted water is that it causes immense costs.
Other consequences are flooding, land erosion and wildlife mass mortality.
What can we do about stormwater runoff and its pollution?
There are different ways to tackle stormwater runoff and its pollution:
- Educating the public about its severe consequences
- Constructing stormwater runoff control sites (detention ponds)
- Overall stormwater management
- Stopping pollution by regulating potential pollution sources
What can I do to help reduce stormwater problems?
Always make sure that you dispose of products properly. In addition, you should also pick up the waste of your pet. Keep your yard clean at all times and also help to remove waste from your street. Only use fertilizers/pesticides in your own garden if absolutely necessary.
How do you handle illicit discharge?
It is forbidden to dump waste into a storm drain. If you witness cases of pollution, please get in contact with the local authorities.