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Stormwater SMART

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What is Stormwater Runoff?

When rain falls on hard, impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, and roofs, it creates stormwater runoff.  Runoff can also include rain or snow melt that flows over permeable areas such as lawns and construction sites. As it travels, runoff can pick up pollutants such as pet waste, litter, yard waste, chemicals from vehicles, and even soil and sediment.  Once that polluted stormwater goes down a storm drain it flows directly to the closest stream, river, lake, bay, or ocean. The majority of water pollution in North Carolina is caused by polluted runoff. We all rely on clean water for drinking, growing our food, for recreation and enjoyment like swimming and fishing, and as a crucial component of a healthy environment.  We can all take steps to protect our local water resources and Stormwater SMART is here to help!

Our Spring Media Spotlight:
Litter and Trash in Your Community

Littering and illegal dumping ruin the beauty of our natural environment and poison our waters. Carry your trash until you can dispose of it properly, and recycle paper and empty bottles and cans when possible. (Scroll down for more information on recycling.) Help others understand that small items can have the biggest impact; cigarette butts and plastic rings can injure and kill ducks, fish, turtles, and other animals. Clean water begins with you and me!

Our Spring Media Spotlight is made possible by our media members: City of Archdale, City of Burlington, Forsyth County, City of Greensboro, Guilford County, Town of Jamestown, Town of Kernersville, City of Mebane, City of Randleman, Randolph County, City of Trinity, City of Winston Salem.

North Carolina’s statewide anti-contamination campaign, Recycle Right NC, launched on September 9, 2019. By participating in Recycle Right NC, you can learn which items should and should not be placed in your recycling bin.  To learn more go to:


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