Everything You Need to Know about Stormwater Pollution
Stormwater is the product generated when rainwater comes in contact with an impervious surface, pollutants, and impurities.
For example, precipitation lands on a parking lot, road, or roof top, collecting accumulated trash and chemicals as it flows over the surface.
This process leads to stormwater pollution. A major global water quality and environmental concern.
One of the lesser-known issues associated with stormwater pollution is increased water temperature. This is caused by runoff from solid surfaces or plants removed from the edges of water bodies. And because these conditions foster easy growth of harmful plants and algae, aquatic life is significantly and negatively impacted.
Impact on Fish & Aquatic Life
Plastic bags, bottles, six-pack rings, and cigarette butts are all dangerous to fish and waterfowl.
Additionally, sediment and nutrients spread by stormwater can smother the delicate ecosystems present in wetlands, river mouths, and inlets. These pollutants reduce the amount of sunlight exposure that reaches plants and animals and encourages harmful plants and algae to grow.
This widening leads directly to stream channel instability that affects the waterway and the surrounding land. Turbid conditions, exposed stream banks, fallen trees, and more are all part of widened stream channels, as well as heightened safety risks. And in urban areas, the widening of stream channels can cause extensive damage to public and private property.