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Stormwater runoff is rain that falls on streets, parking areas, sports fields, gravel lots, rooftops or other developed land and flows directly into nearby creeks and rivers. Rain picks up and mixes with substances on the ground such as: 

  • oil and grease

  • metals

  • coolants from vehicles

  • fertilizers and pesticides from gardens

  • bacteria from pet wastes and failing septic systems

  • soil from construction sites and other bare ground

  • soaps from car or equipment washing

  • leaky storage containers

  • tobacco spit, cigarette butts ect. 

Stormwater

What and Why

The most effective way to reduce stormwater pollution is to stop it getting in there in the first place!

The water that runs off the roads, your roof, footpath, and driveway are the beginning of the stormwater system, picking up polluted runoff as it goes.

The polluted runoff rushes into nearby gutters and storm drains where it flows through a system of underground pipes and channels. From there, the untreated water empties into your local streams, rivers, and lakes on its path towards the oceans.

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Local Issues and
Municipal Mandates

Here are some common pollutants found in stormwater runoff:

Litter- such as cigarette butts, cans, bottles, paper or plastic bags

Sediment- usually from soil erosion

Nutrient load- originating from animal waste, fertilizers, agricultural runoff, and natural decomposition

Bacteria- often from pet waste, septic systems & agricultural runoff

Chemicals- such as oil, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals

 

For more information on municipal programs, click on the links below: 

City of Roanoke Stormwater

Roanoke County Stormwater

Town of Vinton Stormwater

City of Salem Stormwater

Botetourt County Stormwater

Rockbridge County Stormwater