What is stormwater pollution?

Water from rain or melting snow either seeps into the ground or flows across the ground, ultimately making its way into streams, creeks, and other water bodies. On its way, this runoff can pick up many natural and man-made substances that can pollute local water bodies. Examples of common pollutants include fertilizer, pesticide, pet waste, sediment, oil, salt, trace metals, grass clippings, leaves, and litter. Polluted runoff can be generated anywhere people use or alter the land, such as farms, yards, roofs, driveways, parking lots, construction sites, and roadways.

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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?