Storm Water Management And Why It Matters

Glades County, Florida – Water flowing over the land during and immediately following a rainstorm is called stormwater runoff.  This water flows over land or impervious surfaces such as paved streets, parking lots, building roofs, and does not soak into the ground.  The runoff picks up pollutants such as trash, chemicals and oils, and bacteria that runs into our streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans.  Soil, dirt, gravel and sediment are among other common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.

Stormwater pollution is one of the most difficult sources of water pollution to control because it is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere.  Everyone can help prevent stormwater pollution and in tum protect our water resources.  By putting fewer pollutants on the land, stormwater will be cleaner as it flows into our stream, lakes, rivers and the ocean.

How can citizens help?  There are many things that citizens can do to help minimize the impacts of stormwater, including:

  • Cleaning up litter
  • Using less fertilizer and do not apply when the forecast calls for heavy rain
  • Not blowing leaves and grass into storm drains or ditches
  • Allow plants and trees to grow in their natural habitat, such as those found near creeks and streams
  • Direct downspouts onto lawns and away from paved surfaces
  • Dispose of toxic products at local household hazardous waste collection centers
  • Properly maintaining septic system

Glades County maintains a webpage with information and resources to help keep our waters clean.  There is information specific to Glades County and links to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District, to name a few.  There is information on stormwater management, landscape guides, septic system maintenance, and the University of Florida /IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program.  The link to Glades County webpage is www.myglades.com/water_quality/index.php