Stormwater is water that originates during rainfall events. Stormwater that does not soak into the ground becomes, which either flows directly into waterways or is channeled into storm sewers, eventually discharges to surface waters.
Stormwater is of concern for two main issues: the volume and timing of runoff water and potential contaminants that the water is carrying, i.e. water pollution. Too much or too little water delivered down the tributaries of the estuary can alter habitat and affect survival of species. Uncontrolled stormwater can cause flooding of upland areas, putting people and property at risk.
Stormwater is also a resource and ever growing in importance as the world's human population demand exceeds the availability of readily available water. Techniques of harvesting stormwater along with point source water management and purification can potentially make urban environments self sustaining in terms of water.
Our Watershed, Our Responsibility: New College, Sarasota, FL