EPA: The Scoop on Stormwater


[xylophone music] GOO: Hi, my name is Robert Goo, I work for the EPA in the Office of Water. I work on sustainable water resource management. [heavy rain] GOO: Excess stormwater can destabilize streams, smother aquatic habitat, clog our navigation channels, and increase water treatment costs. [thunderstorm] GOO: Stormwater is runoff or precipitation that falls from the sky in the form of rain or snow, that melts or runs off the landscape. As you develop the landscape, you create impervious surfaces, and as water hits the impervious surfaces, instead of soaking into the ground, or being captured and evaporated on trees and plants, the water runs off the landscape, and as it runs off the landscape it picks up pollutants that are on the ground; oils and grease, sediments, metals, bacteria and viruses from wildlife and pets, and those pollutants run into our waterbodies. [water sloshing] GOO: Some things you can try to do to reduce your stormwater impact is to wash your car at a car-wash, to make sure that all bare ground is vegetated, that you plant plants and grass, that you pick up your lawn clippings, after you mow your lawn so they’re not washed into the gutters and into our streams, and run untreated into our streams and lakes. Learn more about green infrastructure by typing into your browser, EPA, green infrastructure, and low impact development. [xylophone music]

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