What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff is any water generated by rainfall or snowmelt events and flows over impervious surfaces (such as streets, sidewalks, rooftops, and parking lots) and does not infiltrate into the ground. Stormwater runoff often transports chemicals, oil & gasoline, sediment, and litter that exist on these impervious surfaces and carry them to nearby streams and the rivers. These contaminants can harm fish and aquatic organisms, cause harmful algal blooms, and make the water unsafe for human contact.
If you are surprised to learn that your home, driveway, or street might be a source of contaminants for the Wabash River, hopefully you will be equally surprised by how easy it is to improve water quality. Everyone can make a difference—homeowners, business owners, developers, and especially kids. Explore these web pages to learn about programs, regulations, and ongoing initiatives that are positively impacting water quality in Tippecanoe County and downstream.
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