Why do we need to manage stormwater runoff?

Managing our stormwater helps to improve the quality and reduce the amount of polluted stormwater.  Unlike the sanitary sewer water system, stormwater does not receive any treatment before it enters our waterways. Stormwater runoff then carries the pollutants directly to our streams and rivers adversely affecting wildlife, human health, and safety.  Also, water that falls on hard surfaces and does not filter into the ground runs off to lower areas, with the excess potentially causing local flooding and erosion.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is polluted stormwater runoff?
3. Can leaves and grass go into the storm drain?
4. What causes stormwater pollution?
5. Why do we need to manage stormwater runoff?
6. How can I help prevent stormwater pollution?
7. What is an illicit discharge?
8. Doesn’t stormwater runoff go into the sanitary sewer?
9. What is an impervious surface area?
10. Are there any ways I can make a difference?
11. What should I do if I see or suspect an illicit discharge?
12. Whom do I contact if I have further questions?