What is Stormwater?
When rain falls on hard, impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, and roofs, it creates stormwater runoff. Runoff can also include water that flows over permeable areas such as lawns and forests. As it travels, runoff can pick up pollutants such as pet waste, litter, yard waste, chemicals from vehicles, and even soil or other types of 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. Since we rely on water for drinking, growing crops, and for recreation like swimming and fishing, we all need to take steps to protect our local water resources.
What Do We Do?
Stormwater SMART is a cooperative partnership between county and municipal governments to provide education and outreach regarding stormwater pollution, water quality issues, and water conservation. Our goal is to communicate to the general public the importance of clean water for themselves and the surrounding environment.
Stormwater SMART is governed by a Steering Committee that is composed of representatives from each county or municipal partner. The Steering Committee helps guide Stormwater SMART staff members in targeting audiences and events for environmental education programs each year. Since 2008, Stormwater SMART has worked with over 35,000 triad residents in hands-on, age appropriate, facilitated programs.
New to our program in 2018 is the addition of Mass Media services for stormwater education. Partnering with the Clean Water Education Partnership in Raleigh, Stormwater SMART will begin airing a series of educational videos through a variety of media outlets in the Triad area. An accompanying brochure will be provided to all Mass Media members to distribute in their communities.
All of these services and programs demonstrate the appropriate measures one can take to alleviate negative impacts as a result of polluted runoff. We love to partner with teachers to facilitate activities throughout the school year that cover NC Science Curriculum Standards while also meeting the regulatory needs, influenced by the Clean Water Act, of our member communities. In addition to teachers, we partner up with nonprofit organizations, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Cooperative Extension offices, local governments, and private businesses to help citizens to make educated decisions regarding local water quality.
What We Can Do For You
Direct Education Member Communities
- Provide useful information to member communities
- Facilitate lessons for elementary, middle, and high school science and environmental classes
- Attend fairs and festivals
- Coordinate, plan, and execute environmental camps
- Partner with schools and clubs on environmental projects that have a Stormwater SMART component
- Partner with community members for trash clean ups, rain garden education, storm drain markings, and more!
Mass Media Member Communities
- Broadcast English and Spanish versions of stormwater education videos online, through cable TV, on cinema rolls, and at local community events
- Air English and Spanish stormwater education radio commercials
- Distribute educational brochures throughout the community
- Provide social media education through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Who Do We Serve?
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