The City of Canton is required under Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Program to provide public education about the impacts of stormwater discharges on water bodies and the steps that can be taken to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.
How Education Is Accomplished
There are several ways this is accomplished. One of them is through this website. Another has been through the City's quarterly publication which contains articles that touch on a variety of stormwater issues such as general stormwater education topics, project updates, how drainage complaints are handled, and stormwater pollution prevention tips.
What Stormwater Is
Stormwater runoff is the water that "runs off" the ground from rain and snowmelt. As it flows across the ground, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and carries them straight into nearby storm sewers, creeks, lakes, and other water bodies where it degrades aquatic life and pollutes the environment.
Only around 1% of our water is usable drinking water. We cannot afford to pollute and contaminate it! Stormwater pollution prevention is something that we all must take part in to protect our environment and reduce the impacts of stormwater pollution.