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What's Wrong with Stormwater Runoff?

Hernando County is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With that growth comes an added burden on our water supply and recreational waterways. Hernando CountyBody of water in Hernando County with pollution citizens must do their part to ensure that our area's growth doesn't spell doom for our precious, yet fragile environment.

A major contributor to contamination of our waterways is polluted Stormwater. Stormwater is pure rainwater plus anything the rain carries along with it. In urban areas, rain that falls on the roof of your house, or collects on paved areas like driveways, and roads is carried away through a system of pipes or ditches. The stormwater flows directly from streets and gutters into our rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Straight from your street to waterways inhabited by fish, frogs and other aquatic animals and plants.

When polluted stormwater reaches our waterways, it has many long-lasting, negative effects on aquatic plant and animal life. This pollution also impacts other wildlife that use the water or eat the contaminated seafood. This includes humans.

Some of the Potential Effects of Polluted Stormwater are:

  • Sediment and other debris clog drains and waterways causing flooding.

  • Stormwater pollution can harm aquatic life and make fish inedible.

  • Polluted stormwater can pose a health risk to people.

  • If we don't stop the pollution, one of our most valuable resources - our waters - will be lost forever. Please remember, ditches and storm drains are not Hernando County Parkconnected to the sewer system. They flow directly into streams, lakes, rivers, estuaries, bays and the Gulf of Mexico. This means that stormwater is not cleaned or decontaminated before it flows into our waterways.

    Whatever you put in ditches, street drains and on your lawn, goes immediately into our recreational waters whenever there is a significant rain. We must all take responsibility for keeping pollutants out of Hernando County's waters.

    Types of Stormwater Pollution

    There are three main types of stormwater pollution:

    • Litter - such as cigarette butts, cans, paper
      or plastic bags.

    • Chemical pollution - such as detergents, oil or fertilizers.

    • Organic pollution - such as leaves, lawn and garden clippings, animal droppings, and dirt.

     

    This ends up discharging into waterways as sediment, sludge and solids. These can sometimes be removed by pollution traps and ponds, but the most effective way to reduce this problem is to prevent pollution entering the stormwater system in the first place. The traps don't catch all the silt or litter, and they don't stop chemical pollutants at all.

     

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