Homeowners should be aware of measures to help reduce the quantity and protect the quality of stormwater leaving their property. Even a small amount of impervious area (i.e., rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, etc.) can have an impact, adding pollutants like oil, gasoline, or debris to the stormwater runoff. The runoff eventually makes its way into storm sewers, where flows directly into streams and rivers without being filtered or treated by a wastewater treatment plant.
Because the stormwater is unable to infiltrate into the ground, the runoff entering nearby surface waters arrives at a faster rate, increasing the burden on municipal and county storm sewer systems. Many communities now enforce a stormwater utility fee ordinance to help maintain, repair, and upgrade the stormwater infrastructure on public property.
But you can help! There are many ways for homeowners and renters to get involved in stormwater management on your own property. Navigate through our resources and pollution prevention pages for more information.