What is stormwater? (click for video)

“Stormwater” is water that originates from precipitation and flows across the land as “runoff.”  Stormwater is of concern for two main reasons: the volume and timing of runoff can impact flooding downstream, and because runoff can cause erosion and can transport pollutants, thus impacting the water quality of receiving water bodies. 

The federal , Safe Drinking Water Act, and Endangered Species Act require the Lane County to manage stormwater runoff to protect water quality in rivers and streams, protect watershed health, and protect groundwater as a drinking water resource.

Lane County manages stormwater through maintenance of stormwater conveyance systems, through erosion control programs, spill response, intergovernmental partnerships, regulations and enforcement, and public education.