How About Some Stormwater 101?!
Stormwater runoff, water that doesn’t soak into the ground during a storm, causes most of the flooding in our low-lying coastal city. Polluted stormwater is also a threat to our drinking water and local waterways. Over the past number of years a lot of money has been invested into bettering the area’s stormwater management systems. These systems protect our streets, structures and property by significantly reducing flooding throughout our region. But challenges remain. As our area grows, the demands on our system will also increase. Increasingly stringent guidelines from the State and Federal Environmental Protection agencies will also raise the costs of operating and maintaining the system.
As a homeowner, you can help support our stormwater management systems and protect your property, our local waterways and drinking water in several ways:
- Reduce impervious surfaces on your property. Use pavers, or replace concrete or asphalt slabs with porous asphalt or permeable concrete.
- Landscape with native plants. Native plants tend to have more extensive root systems that take in and hold water much better than lawns.
- Don’t leave soil exposed. Bare soil can be nearly as impervious as concrete. Cover it with mulch, wood chips, or gravel.
- Never blow or rake leaves into the street, storm drains or ditches. Just a small pile of leaves can block storm drains and cause flooding on the street right outside your home.
- Never pour or dump paint, oil, chemicals or other pollutants into the street or storm drains. Those storm drains lead directly into our local waterways. Anything poured down them goes untreated into our beautiful surrounding environment.
- Add a rain barrel or cistern to your property. Runoff from your roof can be collected in these devices and used to irrigate landscaping.