Visitors to the Watershed Center know we have a variety of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) on site to demonstrate effective ways to deal with stormwater runoff. The recent heavy rains have demonstrated the value of these practices. Rooftops, streets, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces do not allow stormwater to soak into the ground. This fast moving water can cause flooding and erosion. Good stormwater management can slow down this rush of water and reduce water pollution. Stormwater carries all kinds of pollution, such as fertilizers and pesticides from yards, motor oil and other fluids from cars, bacteria from animal wastes, and dirt from construction sites. This polluted water does not go to a treatment plant but flows directly into our rivers, lakes, and streams.
BMP’s reduce the amount of stormwater runoff. Rain barrels, rain gardens, detention basins, and living walls are just some of the BMP’s utilized by the Watershed Center. By slowing down the rush of stormwater, sediment and other pollution may be filtered out, reducing the amount reaching our waterways. You may learn more about BMP’s and what you can do to reduce stormwater runoff by visiting our site: watershedcommittee.org. If everyone does their part we could significantly reduce the harmful impact of heavy rains like we just experienced.
Jeff Birchler, Watershed Center Coordinator