What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is runoff water from rain or melting snow that flows across the landscape. Runoff flows off of rooftops, paved areas, bare soil, and lawns. Runoff gathers in increasingly large amounts (from puddles, to ditches, to streams, to lakes and rivers) until it flows into the ocean.
In its journey from puddle to ocean, stormwater picks up and transports many of the pollutants it encounters. These pollutants include dirt, pet wastes, pesticides, fertilizers, automobile fluids (such as oil, gasoline, and antifreeze), deicing products, yard wastes, cigarette butts, and litter, to name a few. By carrying all these different kinds of pollution into our waterways, stormwater itself becomes a water pollutant.
Imagine how much pollution can come from an entire town’s vehicles, lawns, homes, businesses, parking lots, and litterbugs!
Along Indiana's rivers, there are many towns and lots of people. And all of us use that water coming from upstream. Let’s keep it clean for the people downstream!
Because polluted runoff is caused by so many of our everyday activities, we all need to do our part to help improve water quality. Visit our Education page to learn simple steps you can take around your home, at your job, and in your community to improve water quality and keep our water safe for drinking, swimming, and fishing!
Stormwater Quality is Federally Regulated...
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) requires communities around the country to address stormwater quality, and hence the pollution of our nation’s waterbodies. Richmond is one of nearly 200 of these required communities in the State of Indiana required to develop and maintain a stormwater quality program. This program is extremely important to the sustainability of our community. In fact, the EPA now considers stormwater pollution to be one of the most significant sources of contamination in our nation's waters.
You can find more info at the US EPA website - click here