Stormwater originates above ground through precipitation (rain fall, snow melt) or from overwatering. Stormwater is the excess water that does not soak into the ground but rather enters the storm sewers, which lead directly to our lakes, rivers, and streams.
Anything that enters the storm sewer system enters our natural waters.
Stormwater is of concern for two reasons.
Flooding - when large volumes of water enter the storm sewer system at once, it could result in flooding.
Pollution - When water travels over the ground, it picks up materials which enters our lakes, rivers, and streams. Chemical pollutants (oil, pesticides, fertilizers) can directly kill plants and fish in the water. Organic pollutants (soil, grass clippings, leaves) can choke out sun light and reduce oxygen in water, resulting in algae blooms and fish kills.
What can we do to reduce and clean up stormwater entering our natural waters????
For more information on practices that reduce stormwater pollution visit the North Central Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition
Subjects under Stormwater Management:
- Identify & report spills and contaminations
- Modify household practices
- Modify lawn care practices