What is stormwater?

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.

For more information please visit our Stormwater Management Page.

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1. What are the City's drainage related responsibilities?
2. What are the resident's drainage related responsibilities?
3. What is the difference between public and private drainage systems?
4. My neighbor has done some work on their lot and now I'm getting more runoff. What can I do?
5. What can I do if there is a significant drainage issue in my neighborhood?
6. Who do I contact for my drainage question that isn't listed here?
7. Is street flooding normal?
8. What is stormwater?
9. What is a flood plain?
10. What is the difference between a storm drain and a sewer?
11. What does impervious mean?
12. What is the difference between detention and retention?