Why do we need to manage stormwater?
Development causes significant changes in stormwater runoff characteristics, including increased volume and rate of runoff entering streams and storm sewer infrastructure and reducing amounts of water filtering into the soil. Such changes cause increased erosion and formation of gullies, increased in-stream scour and erosion, increased sediment deposition, degradation of water quality, peak storm flows that are higher and faster, more frequent flooding, and negative effects on stream ecological communities.

These impacts on both man-made structures and natural systems require management, maintenance, repair and replacement of the City's storm water infrastructure and management system and require careful planning to mitigate existing and future problems.

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1. What is a 'stormwater utility' and how is it different from a stormwater management program?
2. What is stormwater?
3. Why do we need to manage stormwater?
4. I own a house on a small amount of land. Why would I care about stormwater?