What is stormwater runoff?

Impervious surfaces are areas covered by buildings, asphalt, concrete, or other materials that prevent water from seeping directly into the ground.  When it rains, much of the water flows to streams and lakes, becoming stormwater runoff.  

The more buildings, streets, and parking lots we build, the more surface stormwater runoff is generated during each rainstorm.

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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?