The term stormwater refers to rainwater. Stormwater discharges are generated by runoff from land and paved areas during rainfall. Hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets drain directly into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Unlike the wastewater that goes down your shower or sink, stormwater is not treated and can carry pollutants, sediment, and trash directly into the places you like to swim, fish, and boat.
Why is Stormwater Quality Important?
As stormwater runoff travels over the land, it picks up all kinds of chemicals, waste, and trash that are not naturally found in our waterways. Stormwater runoff enters the storm drain system through inlets and carries this untreated water straight to creeks, lakes, and rivers. Some chemicals and other pollutants in the stormwater can be toxic, even at small levels, endangering plants and animals that depend on the water to survive.
Cleaning up our creeks and streams not only benefits the Southlake community, but it also benefits the entire network of water bodies and land that make up our watershed.