Stormwater is rain and snow that runs off solid surfaces such as parking lots, roads, and roofs and then empties into natural or manmade drainages. This water flows untreated to the rivers we use for drinking, fishing, and other recreation activities.
Stormwater is major contributor of pollution to our waterways as well as increasing the frequency and severity of flooding. In our urban and even in many rural areas, water which once entered the soil now drains from impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, roads, and roofs into below ground pipes or ditches. This water drains directly to our rivers and streams more quickly creating an increase in volume of water in our streams. Our streams where not built by nature to handle these flows, therefore there is an increase in streambank erosion creating steep banks, undercut banks, and sedimentation.
RiverLink has developed the Water Recycling, Infiltration, and Conservation for the Home (WaterRICH)
Program and handbook. This program helps residents learn what they can do to help reduce stormwater runoff, through the implementation of rain gardens, rain water harvesting, and other water quality features. Visit our WaterRICH page to learn more.
See the stormwater fact sheets below for much more information on why stormwater is important and how to minimize its impacts.
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