Stormwater flows directly into our rivers, lakes, streams and the ocean or into a stormwater system through a storm drain.
Storm drains are frequently located in parking lots and along the curbs of roadways. The grate that prevents larger objects from flowing into the storm sewer system is called a catch basin. Once below ground, the stormwater flows through pipes, which lead to an outfall where the stormwater usually enters a stream, river or lake. Increasing development have a great impact on runoff; more impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, parking lots and other hard surfaces that do not allow stormwater to soak into the ground) increase the rate of stormwater runoff. This means a greater volume of water carrying pollution into surface waters and less water soaking into the ground. These contaminants include litter, as well.
Stormwater also erodes stream banks. Sediment in water fills in stream channels, lakes and reservoirs, covering the bottom and negatively affecting proper water flow, and often leading to flooding.
Here you can find important information about how you, as a resident, can best facilitate proper stormwater flow.