Why is stormwater runoff important?

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution in the United States. Stormwater will pick up dirt, trash, oil, grease, pet waste, chemicals, and any other pollutant as it flows over roads and lawns.

Stormwater runoff does NOT go to a wastewater treatment plant before entering our recreational or drinking waters. It is transported by drains, streets, and gutters directly into our rivers, ocean, and the Chesapeake Bay.

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1. What is stormwater?
2. Why is stormwater runoff important?
3. Why do I have to pay a Storm Water fee?
4. How does the City handle stormwater runoff?