When it rains in Birmingham, Al, water passes over roofs, streets, parking lots and other land surfaces picking up pollutants such as oil, chemicals, pesticieds and eroded soil along the way. Any pollutant that is directed into the stormwater drainage system bypasses any treatment and flows directly into our waterways and to those downstream from us. This creates hazards for people, wildlife, and the environment. Protecting stormwater quality keeps our waterways healthy and preserves wildlife habitat.
Mission: The Watershed Management Division strives to bring an enhanced quality of life through services and partnerships that promote a quality environment and economic development opportunities.
What is Storm Water?
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn's soak into the ground but runs off into the waterways. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas and bare soil, and through sloped lawns while picking up a variet of materials on its way.
What's the Problem
As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports pollutants to surface waters. Although the amount of pollutants from a single residential, commercial, industrial or construction site may seem unimportant, the combined concentrations of contaminants threaten our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other water bodies. Pollution conveyed by stormwater degrades the quality of drinking water, damages fisheries and habitat of plants and animals that depend on clean water for survival. Pollutants carried by stormwater can also affect recreational uses of water bodies by making them unsafe for wading, swimming, voating and fishing.