Storm water occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent this water from naturally soaking into the ground thus we have what is known as storm water.
Storm water will flow over land surfaces, roadways, sidewalks, parking lots, construction sites, business parks, etc. and pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. This storm water will flow into a storm sewer or directly to a ditch, run or creek and eventually to the Blanchard River and Lake Erie. Almost all storm water is untreated before it enters these receiving streams. These pollutants will have adverse effect on plants, fish, animals and even people.
Remember, our storm water will eventually is used for drinking water supplies by the City of Toledo and surrounding communities.