This first installment is your basic refresher course on what stormwater is and why it is important to think about. Over the past 50 years, stormwater has evolved as a science and profession. It is a complex issue that impacts all of us and the environment. Let's begin!
The Water Cycle
Let's start with water. You remember the water cycle from grade school, right? Have you thought about it much since then? Below is an image depicting the natural water cycle, without human interference. Notice the precipitation which can become natural runoff, recharges groundwater through infiltration, and streams and lakes which are fed by both.
Stormwater Where You Live
Why Does It Matter? It's About Quality and Quantity.
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5 Easy Things You Can Do Today!
- Maintain your vehicle. Never dump anything down a storm drain. Always recycle used oil, antifreeze, and other fluids. Fix oil leaks.
- Wash your car at a commercial car wash. If you wash your car at home, wash it on your lawn.
- Cut down on fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Use them sparingly. Don't fertilize before a rainstorm. Consider using organic fertilizers.
- Replace part of your lawn with native, drought-resistant plants.
- Pick up after your pets and keep animals out of streams. If you have farm animals, compost manure in a designated area so that it doesn't wash off into nearby waterways.