What is storm water? Storm water is excess rain or snow melt that does not soak into the ground, and as it flows over rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and roads, it picks up contaminants. Storm water 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.
Is it treated? NO!!! Storm water is NOT treated. This is a common misconception, but storm water is in fact not treated.
Where does storm water go? Storm water travels though 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!
Is it harmful? It can be! Storm water can be high in nutrients and sediment, as well as chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life. Excessive storm water pollution from your community can cause beach closures, swimming bans, and drastically diminish water quality.
What can you do to help? There are many ways you can help. Here are three simple ways:
What is the Town doing to help? The Town of Hampton has prepared a 5-year Storm water Management Plan to protect storm water from becoming polluted. Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that the Town report on their progress in implementing the plan, and update the plan to better protect storm water. Each Annual Report provides an updated 5-year plan and describes the progress made for the year.
Visit the US Environmental Protection Agency for more information.
Storm Drain Stenciled by Students from Winnacunnet High School