Stormwater Management

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is precipitation that does not soak into the ground, but instead runs off its surface. Natural processes, stormwater runoff, and erosion typically accelerate because of human activity. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets block precipitation from soaking naturally into the ground. Disturbed surfaces, such as construction sites, agricultural tillage, and forestry activities, also expose the soils surface, allowing sediment and pollutants to be transported more rapidly from a site. Stormwater can carry and deposit untreated pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, and pesticides, into surface-water bodies. Why Should You Be Concerned about Stormwater? If stormwater is not managed properly, it can harm the environment.

Educational Resources

Stormwater Management

General Information, concerns, and guidelines on the different sources of stormwater and best practices in managing stormwater.

Educator Toolbox

A collection of helpful links for environmental educators related to stormwater issues.

Keep Pollution Out of Storm Drains

Guidelines and recommendations for keeping pollution out of storm drains and waterways.

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

A field investigation guide highlighting the preparation, indications, and elimination process of illicit discharge.