Storm Water

Storm Water

1231205434251607Storm water pollution may not seem like a major threat to our watershed, but in fact, it is. Rain and snowmelt runoff, otherwise known as storm water runoff, drains into rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. Some of the runoff is carried to waters sources directly through storm drains. Other runoff sources simply flow from streets, roofs, and other impervious surfaces to nearby water sources.

Storm water is different than wastewater from toilets and sinks in that it does not go to a treatment plant before being discharged into a river. That means bacteria and other pathogens can wash into waterways and create health hazards. Or, sediment from runoff can cloud local waterways and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants and animals to live. Excess nutrients from phosphorous loaded fertilizer can cause algae blooms in lakes.

Storm water comes from our everyday activities. Storm water picks up oil, metal, salts, pet waste (E. coli bacteria), fertilizer and pesticides, yard waste, erosion sediment and more.

Cannon Township is actively involved in storm water pollution prevention. Below are several actions the Township has taken on this issue:

  • Adopted a Storm Water Ordinance.
  • Adopted a Fertilizer Ordinance.
  • Installation of storm drain markers in Spring 2006. These blue and silver metal plates can be found on some storm drain grates in the Township. Printed on them are the words, "No dumping. Leads to waterways."