Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the land surface. The addition of roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other surfaces that prevent water from soaking into the ground to our landscape greatly increases the runoff volume created during storms. This runoff is swiftly carried to our local streams, lakes, wetlands and rivers and can cause flooding and erosion, and wash away important habitat for critters that live in the stream. Stormwater runoff also picks up and carries with it many different pollutants that are found on paved surfaces such as sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, bacteria, oil and grease, trash, pesticides and metals. It comes as no surprise then that stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas.
Clean Water Act Expansion
To reduce the impacts of runoff on urban streams, EPA expanded the Clean Water Act in 1987 to require municipalities to obtain permits for discharges of stormwater runoff. As a result, many communities have adopted regulations requiring developers to install stormwater management practices that reduce the rate and/or volume and remove pollutants from runoff generated on their development sites.
Our Stormwater Division manages the practices that improve the quality of stormwater runoff before it enters the drainage system and other downstream waterways. The division also manages the City’s municipal drainage utility system and assist the engineering division with in-house projects related to the drainage system.
Our Stormwater division consists of one employee, Martin Balch. Mr. Balch is currently an Engineer in Training (EIT). He has been with the City of Deer Park for 2 years.