What is stormwater runoff?

Stormwater runoff is the water that flows off roofs, driveways, parking lots, streets and other hard surfaces during rain storms. Stormwater runoff is also the water that flows off grass surfaces and wooded areas that is not absorbed into the soil. Runoff that is not absorbed into the ground flows into ditches, culverts, catch basins and storm sewers and typically does not receive any treatment to remove pollutants before entering our local creeks and streams.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is stormwater pollution?
3. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
4. Why do we need to manage our stormwater runoff?
5. Who owns the stormwater system?
6. What is the City's responsibility for stormwater?
7. What is the City doing to improve its stormwater services?
8. How does the City currently pay for its stormwater services?
9. What are some examples of drainage problems?
10. I have a drainage problem in my yard. Who do I call to get help with this problem?