What is Stormwater?

 The Purpose of the Stormwater Management Program 

Concentrated development in urbanized areas substantially increases impervious surfaces such as paved streets, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks, in which pollutants from concentrated human activities settle and remain until a storm event washes them into nearby storm drains. Polluted stormwater runoff transported to municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) ultimately discharge into local rivers and streams without treatment. EPA's Stormwater Phase II Rule establishes a MS4 stormwater management program that is intended to improve the water quality of waterways by reducing the quantity of pollutants that stormwaters pick up and carry into storm sewer systems during storm events. Common pollutants include oil and grease from roadways, pesticides from lawns, pet waste, sediment from construction sites, and carelessly discarded trash, such as cigarette butts, paper wrappers, and plastic bottles. When discharged into streams and rivers, these pollutants can impair the waterways, discouraging recreational use, contaminating drinking water supplies, and interfering with the habitat of fish, other aquatic organisms, and wildlife.

Found here are a variety of websites that provide public information on a number of stormwater and environmental concerns. These sites contain reading materials in various formats that are both informative and educational.

There are a number of website resources that provide fun, helpful information that kids can review and use to learn about water quality and other important environmental issues. The more they know, the more kids will be informed to make good decisions in the future that will help themselves, the Town of Goffstown, and the overall environment!!

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