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What is Stormwater?

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff can cause erosion and flooding and, as it flows over land or impervious surfaces, it picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, like FSU, use stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.

Adapted from https://www.epa.gov/npdes/npdes-stormwater-program

View the presentation below to learn more about stormwater and how you can help!