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Storm Water for Homeowners

What is Storm Water?
Storm water is water that falls as rain. Due to urbanization, rainwater runs off paved surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots, drains down into storm drains or through open ditch systems, and empties into local rivers, streams, lakes or ponds.

Why Is Storm Water Important?
Water that leaves homes, businesses, and industries through the sanitary sewer system is treated and filtered before being released into water bodies. Water that enters the storm water system is never treated or filtered before entering rivers, streams or lakes. Thus, anything that is dumped down the storm drain, goes directly to your local water body.

Are Residents Responsible for Storm Water Quality?
Absolutely! Many activities done around the home can pollute storm water. Even simple activities like washing and maintaining your car, disposing of household cleaning and painting products, caring for your lawn, and having a pet can pollute storm water. The good news is that there are things that you, as a resident, can do to keep Portage County waterways clean! Use the links below to become a better water steward. Questions? Contact the Portage SWCD.

Rain Garden Websites
Rain Gardens
Rain Garden Manual
Natural Landscaping

Natural Lawn Care Websites
Earth Easy
USDA Home & Garden Tips
Children's Health Environmental Coalition

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