Our efforts to track stormwater pollution through monitoring are supported by generous community funding and citizen science. Get involved today to help LPOW protect our local waterways!
What's in Our Stormwater?
Stormwater describes rainfall, snowmelt, and other weather-related water which collects and runs off of hard surfaces like rooftops, parking lots and even sod. Stormwater is one of the most significant threats to water quality across the nation, simply because it's easily polluted with litter, debris, sediment and many different types of synthetic chemicals as it runs over hard surfaces.
Polluted stormwater collects into the storm drain systems of our local communities, where underground pipes carry this runoff to our local waterways. Our local stormwater is not currently treated through filtration or other mechanisms so any harmful substances and materials it picks up along its journey end up in our water, oftentimes in high-use areas like the Sand Creek corridor.
LPOW proactively addresses stormwater issues related to growth by monitoring shoreline development projects and reviewing NPDES Construction General Permits.
EPA - Stormwater Pollution
A collection of fact sheets on stormwater impacts to waterways and BMPs for keeping our stormwater as clean as possible. Click to view
Stormwater Monitoring Program
LPOW is working hard to spearhead an exciting new Stormwater Monitoring Program (SMP). Similar to our long-term Water Quality Monitoring Program, the Stormwater Monitoring Program will be driven by community funding. To learn more and get involve, visit our Stormwater Monitoring Program.