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Where does stormwater go?
Stormwater flows directly into our rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. Drains are frequently located in parking lots and along the curbs of roadways. Some of the larger pieces of trash are prevented from entering the drain by a catch basin but smaller items can still get through. The water and these smaller items make their way through pipes which lead to an outfall where the stormwater enters a larger body of water. In some areas, the water may end up in a stormwater management basin. These basins control the flow and improve the quality of stormwater, depending on how they’re designed.

Stormwater Management

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1. Where does stormwater go?
2. Why has stormwater runoff become such a problem?
3. What is an impervious surface?
4. How can I reduce runoff?