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Storm DrainProtecting & Restoring Triad Waters

Almost two-thirds of water pollution in North Carolina is caused by polluted runoff.  This is pollution that comes from our streets, lawns, rooftops, and parking lots.  Stormwater, or rainfall runoff carries dirt, oil, fertilizer, pet waste, and other pollutants directly to our streams, lakes, and rivers.

Not only do we rely on water for drinking, we also need clean water to grow crops, provide wildlife habitat, and for recreation like swimming and fishing.  A healthy water supply contributes to our overall quality of life. 

The Stormwater SMART logo reminds us of the impact upstream neighbors can have on water quality downstream.  Whether we live in an urban or rural environment, all activities including development, construction, landscaping, forestry, and agricultural practices can affect the health of our watershed. 

There is good news.  There are a lot of simple actions we can take to protect our water resources.  This website is designed to raise awareness about the impacts of stormwater runoff on our waters and communicate steps the public can take to reduce pollutants in runoff.  Please explore this website to learn more about what you can do to keep our waters healthy!

To find out more about how you can improve water quality in your neighborhood, town, or region, schedule a program for your homeowners association, civic club, school, business meeting or other gathering and join a group of informed residents who are taking action.  To see where we have been in the past take a look at the interactive map documenting our services. 

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