Stormwater Management Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stormwater Drainage?
In urbanized areas and new developments, poor drainage from an increase in impermeable surfaces can result in an increase in stormwater run-off. Buildings, roads, parking areas, and exposed surfaces increase the volume and speed of stormwater runoff. Stormwater drainage systems collect this stormwater runoff and carry it away from roadways and structures to a discharge point, preventing flooding and protecting property and watersheds.
Stormwater drainage systems may consist of curbs, gutters, storm drains, channels, ditches, pipes, and culverts as well as a variety of other drainage technologies. Since stormwater drainage systems are not designed to treat stormwater, they may be paired with a treatment technology to address any water quality issues.
Why do we need to reduce our pollutants in our towns storm drains?
With the continuing changing regulations it is almost certain that communities that do not reduce the pollutant loads in their areas now will find it necessary to treat stormwater and remove the pollutants by costly methods.