Stormwater runoff is generated when rain and melting snow flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not permeate into the ground. As runoff flows over the land it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment and other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if it directly runs into nearby streams or rivers. The State of Ohio through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulates stormwater discharges from three potential sources, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction sites and industrial sites. Preventing stormwater runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters will help make our waters safer for everyone.
The City of Broadview Heights along with the technical assistance of Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District assists in promoting conservation of land and aquatic resources in developed environment through stewardship and education.
There are ways to alleviate stormwater runoff. Planting Rain Gardens or installing Rain Barrels are a good way to start. Rain Gardens help slow down and purify the water as it enters back into the ground. Find out more by visiting Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District.