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Storm Water Management
What is storm water run-off?
Storm water run-off occurs when precipitation flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces, such as driveways, sidewalks and streets, prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground.
Why is storm water run-off a problem?
Storm water run-off can pick up trash, decaying matter, chemicals, soil and other pollutants before it flows into a storm sewer system or directly into a stream or lake. Any pollutant that enters a storm sewer system, such as a pipe or a curb inlet, is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking water.
What are some simple steps Lucas residents can take to help control storm water pollution?
Keeping pollutants out of storm water run-off is less expensive than installing storm water treatment facilities. There are several ways you can prevent pollution from entering storm water:
Additional Information for Citizens
An electronic version of EPA's After the Storm: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Storm Water brochure is available.
Useful Information for Planners and Engineers:
The North Central Texas Council of Governments host public information seminars on Storm Water Management. The seminar schedule through August 2010 can be accessed at http://www.nctcog.org/cs/rtc/TCEQ_classes.asp . Experts from private industry and regulatory agencies will present a well-diversified agenda of topics based upon years of applied field experience. For more information or to register for any seminar, please contact Phillis Lowery at (817) 608-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
A discussion of storm water quality improvements can be found at the National Storm Water Best Management Practices (BMP) Database.