Posted: 3/22/2013 1:29 PM
An article entitled "Stormwater Pollution: Everyone's Problem" was published by Krista Scheirer, Conservation Coordinator at the Perkioment Watershed Conservancy. Exerpts of the article can be found below. To read the article in its entirety, please visit their website at www.perkiomenwatershed.org.
Stormwater pollution is a problem we should all think about because we all contribute to it, we are all affected by it, and we can all be part of the solution. Stormwater running off the land carries many pollutants into local streams, either directly or through storm sewer systems. We use those streams, along with wells, for our drinking water. Due to development, less rain water is making its way underground to replenish our wells and more is rushing downstream. The more polluted our water resources become, the more difficult and expensive it is for water companies to purify it for drinking. That cost is passed on to us when we pay our water bills. Stormwater pollution also negatively impacts wildlife, recreation, stream banks, and storm sewer systems. It can lead to increased flooding, fish becoming inedible, the spread of pathogens, and other risks to human health.
It is the responsibility of everyone to protect our streams from stormwater pollution. There are small actions each of us can take to reduce the pollutants stormwater picks up as it runs off the land. There are also ways to manage stormwater so less of it runs off our properties in the first place. Whether you manage hundreds of acres or own a small town lot, you can do a great deal to improve the quality of the water that recharges local wells and waterways.
Below are suggestions and tips for doing your part to address stormwater pollution:
1) Reduce Pollutants.
2) Reduce Runoff.
3) Install Rain Barrels
4) Install Rain Gardens