Why is stormwater runoff a problem?

As precipitation falls on agricultural and forested land, it is primarily absorbed into the ground or slowly runs off into streams, rivers or other water bodies. Development resulting in rooftops and paved areas prevents water from being absorbed and creates a faster and higher rate of runoff. This development can cause localized flooding or other water quantity or quality issues. In addition, stormwater can carry harmful pollutants, cause flooding, erode topsoil and stream banks, and destroy natural habitats.

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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?