What is stormwater?
Stormwater refers to any precipitation that falls from the sky. This can include rain, sleet, snow, and ice. The City of Doraville operates under its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and Stormwater Management Plan to maintain stormwater infrastructure, address illicit discharges, provide public education, and prevent pollution.
Stormwater runoff plays a large role in local water pollution. As the runoff flows across the ground, it picks up pollutants and carries them into local waterways, such as rivers, lakes, and streams. In a natural system, a variety of plants act as filters that clean pollution from the water as it percolates into the ground. Without these natural filters, pollutants and other debris accumulate and are washed into bodies of water.
In addition to transporting pollutants, runoff can also cause erosion by displacing and sweeping away soil. This can cause localized flooding when storm drains take on too much water at once.
5 Easy ways you can help
- Bag your yard waste
- Clean up after your pet
- Throw litter in its proper place
- Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them
- Never dump anything down a storm drain or into a drainage ditch