Stormee's Corner

stormeeWelcome to Stormee's Corner! I am so excited that you have visited my page to learn more about stormwater pollution! On this page, you will find a lot of information about stormwater, pollution, and what you can do to help keep it clean! It is everyone's job to help protect our environment, from parents to children. What we do to our earth on a daily basis can have a big impact for the years to come. I hope that you enjoy learning about stormwater, pollution, and how to become the solution to stormwater pollution! Please read through the page and answer our monthly trivia question!

 

So, what is Stormwater?

rainwaterWe all know what rain is. As rain falls from the clouds, it provides water to our trees, gardens and flowers. But what happens to the rain that lands on our streets, houses, and parking lots? Most of it never has a chance to soak into the ground. Instead, it runs off these hard surfaces and collects in storm drainage inlets (which can be seen along streets with curbs), gutters and ditches.

This is what we call stormwater runoff. It is any water from rain that does not soak into the ground. Cities have much more stormwater runoff than farms and parks.

How Clean Is Stormwater?

Stormwater is often very dirty. As it flows across streets and even lawns,
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the water picks up all kinds of pollution. It is like the city taking a bath. The stormwater washes off much of the chemicals, dirt and other pollution from the city. Think of how bath water looks before and after bathing.

Dumping garbage where it does not belong also pollutes the waters. Garbage in storm inlets, street gutters or streams causes stormwater runoff flowing into it to become polluted.

unhappy_fishTake a look at the picture. We can see all types of pollution has made its way through the storm drain. Can you name the different types of pollution that are shown here? Does the fish look very happy? He is sad because his home has become unhealthy. We want to make sure that his home stays healthy for him, and us.

We can find pollution all over our city. From food wrappers on the side of the road to oil that stains our parking lots, eventually, it will all wind up in our local rivers and streams.


 
 
Let's take a look at some pollutants!

Pollutants are the actual substance that causes pollution. A pollutant is waste matter that causes our air, water, and soil to become dirty and unhealthy. Below are some common pollutants that can be found in our local rivers and streams.

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Leaves and Grass Clippings
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Swimming Pool Chemicals
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Soaps and Detergents
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Trash and Litter
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Animal Waste
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Dirt
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Oil and other chemicals from cars
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Pesticides and fertilizers

 

That's a lot of stuff that our water can pick up along the way! Did you know that all of these pollutants can be harmful to the wildlife that lives in our rivers and streams, and can even be harmful to our drinking water? That's pretty serious!!!!


Become the Solution to Stormwater Pollution

You can be the solution to stormwater pollution! By picking up after yourselves and putting garbage in its proper place, you are helping to keep it out of our local rivers and streams. Recycling is also a great way to keep items like plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and paper out of our storm drains. You can help keep oils and other chemicals out of our water by telling your parents and friends about how dangerous these chemicals are to our local creeks and streams.

So, now that you have learned a little bit about pollution, and how we can keep stormwater clean, here are a few links to learn even more!

 

 

 Monthly Trivia Question! 

 

 1 quart of oil can contaminate 2 million gallons of water. That means one 5 quart oil change could contaminate 10 million gallons of water!

Question: How many gallons of water will ONE quart of oil pollute? 

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