Storm water is a valuable resource.
Rain water that runs off surfaces instead of infiltrating or soaking into the ground is considered storm water runoff.
As this storm water runs off roofs, roads, parking lots, lawns, farm fields and other surfaces it picks up pollutants. These flow into our storm sewer system and dump into our ponds, streams, lakes and rivers.
These pollutants can come from many sources, a few of which are listed here:
- Automobile hydrocarbons
- Lawn care fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
- Snow fighting salt
- Pet wastes
Like many communities across the nation, Carol Stream gets 100% of our drinking water from storm water runoff. In our case, that is Lake Michigan. It's important that we not only protect our nation's fresh drinking water supply, but also protect our natural aquatic habitats.
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