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Storm-water management: the basics

Wednesday, December 16, 2015  
Posted by: Alex Passini
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Storm-water management: the basics

The single greatest source of urban water pollution isn't industrial waste water; it's the storm water that runs off roofs, roads, parking lots and other hard surfaces every time it rains in the wet North West.  Forest and pastures act as natural sponges that soak up rain and melting snow on the spot.  As areas continue to urbanize pollution problems associated with poorly managed storm water become more pronounced.  Unlike pollution from industrial sources, storm water pollution is something that we all contribute to.  Rain becomes storm water when it hits the ground and carries away with it pollutants such as chemicals, fertilizers, pet waste, dirt.  Many of our streams of the county are degraded due to human activities that have impacted water quality, stream flow and biological health.