It’s raining hard. Cars speed down crowded roads, spraying puddled water.
Water gushes along curbs and gutters. Local creeks overflow and basements flood.
For many of us, the only time we think of stormwater—pollution
running off streets, parking lots, and other paved areas—is
during or immediately after this type of downpour. But with much
of the ground in our cities and towns covered in “impervious”
surfaces that do not allow water to slowly sink into the ground,
stormwater has become a much higher profile issue in the Bay
watershed of late. And it should be, because polluted
runoff must be better addressed if we are to
achieve our goals under the Chesapeake
Clean Water Blueprint.