What is stormwater?

Stormwater is excess rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground, and as it flows over rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and roads, it picks up contaminants. Stormwater picks up that bit of spilled oil or gasoline in the driveway, or the discarded piece of chewing gum on the sidewalk, as well as excess fertilizer or pesticides from your lawn.

Where does Stormwater go? 

  • Stormwater travels through storm drains and pipes that directly enter rivers, lakes, streams, and the ocean. Keep an eye out for storm drains in your neighborhood, and remember to keep them clean!

Can contaminated Stormwater be harmful?

  • It can be! Stormwater can be high in nutrients and sediment, as well as chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life. Excessive stormwater pollution from your community can cause beach closures, swimming bans, and drastically diminish water quality.  

How can you help keep our natural resources clean?  

  • Reduce the amount of stormwater that runs off your property. As much as 70% of the rain that falls on your property leaves your property, reduce it by directing roof-downspouts onto vegetated areas or rain barrels, plant shrubs, trees, or a rain garden.
  • Prior to fertilizing your lawn, get your soil tested to see if your lawn needs fertilizer, and use the appropriate amount. If pesticides are necessary, spot treat only.
  • Keep your car tuned up and free of leaks, and dispose of auto fluids and batteries at designated locations. Also, use phosphorous-free detergent when washing your car.

What is the Town doing to keep our Stormwater clean?

  • DPW completes annual monitoring reports and complies with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 Permit.  This permits requires monitoring outfalls, preparing educations for the community, the creation of a Storwmater Pollution and Prevention Plan and overall better protection of our environment. For more information on the NPDES Permit visit https://www.epa.gov/npdes


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