What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is not the rain that falls from the sky but the runoff, which is generated when rain flows over land and surfaces such as concrete driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots and rooftops, and does not infiltrate into the ground.
- Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution in the United States.
- Preventing stormwater pollution and protecting surface water is a job for everyone.
What you can do!
- Sweep up yard debris into piles and dispose of properly rather than hosing or blowing down the street.
- Keep your vehicle leak free: wash at the car wash not on the driveway or street and dispose of automotive fluids at a neighborhood auto parts store.
- Be sure to pick up after your pets. Pet waste contains bacteria that can wash into retention basins and parks where families play.
- Use pesticides and herbicides according to instruction.
Stormwater Management Plan
As required by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the Town of Queen Creek has developed a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) and an Annual Report as part of a permitting process required by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
The SWMP identifies ways to protect our water resources by focusing on pollution prevention efforts within six federally required elements (also known as Minimum Control Measures):
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Activity Stormwater Runoff Control
- Post Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment
- Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Facilities and Operations
Stormwater ResourcesAZ STORM (Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities)