Storm water is rainwater or snow melt that flows over surfaces, like parking lots, streets, lawns and buildings, and then enters the storm drain system by the storm inlets (gutters) located in parking lots and on the sides of streets. The storm drain inlets are designed to remove water from the streets to prevent flooding. The storm water is then discharged to surface waters like creeks, lakes, ponds, and rivers. The water that enters the storm drain system does not get treated before being discharged to the surface waters.
Ideally our storm water should be comprised completely of rainwater. Unfortunately, as rainwater flows over various surfaces, it picks up contaminants and carries them to surface waters. Contaminants can include motor oil, soap/detergents, paint, trash, pet and human waste, fertilizer, and many other items. These contaminants pollute our surface waters. The result of the pollution can include fines and harmful effects on our drinking water supplies, recreation, and wildlife.
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