like rainwater, originates during precipitation events. Once the precipitation hits the ground and flows over a land surface, it is considered stormwater, and can result in runoff.
occurs when water flows over the landscape rather than infiltrating into the soil. Runoff can transport pollutants and sediment into rivers and streams. Impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, and streets direct runoff in a way that contributes to erosion, flooding, and pollution.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Get directly involved in critical efforts to protect and enhance your quality of life today and for future generations by applying straightforward best management practices that minimize effects of stormwater runoff and result in a healthy, resilient community.
Slow the runoff
Spread it out in planters, gardens, or over other pervious surfaces - do not confine runoff to pipes
Sink it back into the ground!
BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
BMPs you can do at home are not complicated and are geared toward residential homes or small developments and the underlying concepts behind them follow a simple mantra:
Slow it. Spread it. Sink it!
Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff from rooftops or other impervious surfaces. Using native, drought-tolerant plants helps further reduce water usage.
Bioswales are slight depressions in the ground that improve water retention. The slopes in a bioswale direct water towards plants, helping them grow.
Groundcover is vegetation or mulch that protects topsoil and is used to slow and retain stormwater runoff.