stormwater

STORMWATER (runoff)- rain carries trash, oil, sediment, fertilizer and other pollutants to our rivers, either directly or through a sewer system.

POSITION: Stormwater pollution in urban and suburban areas is the fastest growing source of water pollution in the region. States must implement regulations that fully ensure the protection of water bodies from the pollutants found in stormwater runoff.

OBJECTIVE: Improve stormwater regulations which lead to improved management practices in urban and suburban areas.

Steps to Solutions:

  • Comment on inadequate stormwater permits.
  • Legally challenge Clean Water Act stormwater general permits issued in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
  • Encourage local initiatives to reduce stormwater runoff in communities.
  • Identify specific sites which are violating their stormwater permits and take legal action as necessary.

Projects

  • Maryland’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permits

    Stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots and other impervious surfaces in urban and suburban areas carries fecal bacteria, oil, chemicals, trash and nutrients from sediments into storm sewers that carry this polluted water directly to nearby waterways. The result is degraded water quality that fails to meet minimum standards for