How can stormwater pollution be prevented?

Best Management Practices

Ways that we can help clean up stormwater runoff is to direct it through stormwater ponds, treatment wetlands, and other types of systems knows as Best Management Practices (BMPs).  Pollutants may either settle out, be filtered through the pond bottom, or be taken up by the wetland plants that surround these ponds. 

Pollution Control Devices

Additionally, stormwater runoff can be enhanced by retrofitting existing stormwater structures with devices that act as filters to stop trash, leaves, sediment, and debris from entering our water bodies.  

For example, a curb inlet basket can be installed in existing stormwater inlets.  One basket can collect over 200 pounds of leaves, sediment, and trash every year!

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What problems are caused by stormwater pollution?
3. How can stormwater pollution be prevented?
4. Are sewer drains and storm drains the same thing?
5. My yard keeps flooding after storms. How do I stop stormwater runoff in my lawn?
6. Who maintains canals throughout the Town?
7. What department oversees property slopes and elevation in regard to stormwater issues?