Why is it important to manage stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff picks up various pollutants before traveling into the nearest storm drain or roadside ditch and then to the nearest body of water without receiving any kind of treatment. Polluted stormwater negatively impacts the wildlife in streams, rivers and lakes. Examples of the negative impacts of pollution in stormwater runoff include:

-Sediment can bury fish eggs and prevent them from hatching.
-Fertilizers can cause algae to grow which uses up oxygen that other plants and fish need to survive.
-Chemicals from household cleaners and pesticides harm plants and animals.

It is also important to manage the quantity of runoff. Because stormwater runoff travels over impervious surfaces, if it is not managed it can cause localized flooding. High volumes of stormwater runoff can also cause erosion of creek banks.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. How do I report an illicit discharge/stormwater issue?
3. What is an impervious surface?
4. Why is it important to manage stormwater runoff?
5. What is the Town's storm drainage policy?
6. What is the Town's Stormwater Utility?
7. How is this fee charged?
8. Why not pay for these activities through taxes?
9. What will I get in return for paying this fee?
10. Are there volunteer opportunities with the stormwater program?