Water Quality Virtual Library

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The educational material linked to below has been produced by several different organizations through out the United States. Regardless of where the material was produced, much of the information presented can be used to protect the water quality in your own neighborhood.

Water Quality Educational Videos:
Where Does Stormwater Go? (Courtesy of Practical Engineering) 

Just like cities represent a colossal alteration of the landscape and thus the natural water cycle, we’re also going through a colossal shift in how we think about rainfall and stormwater and how we value the processes of natural watersheds. Look carefully as you travel through your city and you’ll notice all the different pieces and parts of infrastructure that help manage water during storm events.

The Scoop on Stormwater (Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots in cities and their suburbs, the water cannot soak into the ground as it should. Stormwater drains through gutters, storm sewers, and other engineered collection systems and is discharged into nearby water bodies. The stormwater runoff carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape. Higher flows resulting from heavy rains also can cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure. A resilient, cost-effective approach to managing wet weather impacts is green infrastructure. Green infrastructure techniques reduce and treat stormwater at its source while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits. Some examples of green infrastructure approaches include rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavement.

Managing Stormwater Runoff (Courtesy of MetroVancouver)

On the way to storm sewers, urban rain and runoff picks up pollution like oil on the road, pesticides, dog poop, and garbage, which can wind up in our waters and harm our aquatic life. But there are things you can do to help.

Freddy The Fish Teaches About Stormwater (Courtesy of NCT Council of Governments)

Freddy the Fish teaches kids about what happens to rain after it hits the ground, where storm drains lead to, and what we can do to help prevent water pollution.

SciShow Kids - Keeping Our Water Clean! (Courtesy of SciShow Kids)

Where does the water on the road go after a rain day? And taking care of them can be very important!

Additional Water Quality and Stormwater Protection Resources:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Stormwater Webpage