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Stormwater is a term used to describe water from precipitation events. Stormwater that does not soak into the ground becomes surface runoff which flows into the waterways either directly or through stormwater pipes and outlets. Stormwater runoff usually contains pollutants and ends up untreated in our local waterways.
Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution in the United States. Stormwater will pick up dirt, trash, oil, grease, pet waste, chemicals, and any other pollutant as it flows over roads and lawns.
Stormwater runoff does NOT go to a wastewater treatment plant before entering our recreational or drinking waters. It is transported by drains, streets, and gutters directly into our rivers, ocean, and the Chesapeake Bay.
The City must comply with state and federal water quality regulations. The Storm Water fee provides a dedicated funding source for these services which include installation and maintenance of storm drains and infrastructure, inlets and ditches, and pumping stations. It also covers state programs such as erosion and sediment control that are meant to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
The Division of Environmental Storm Water uses multiple programs to fulfill its comprehensive mission of improving water quality and minimizing flooding, while complying with our federal and state permits.