Stormwater Information

Stormwater & Pollution

Stormwater runoff is precipitation (rain or melted snow) that flows over land. Stormwater can pick up pollutants as it runs off the land into lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean; this is called polluted runoff.

Storm drains collect runoff and convey it without treatment directly into water bodies. Polluted runoff negatively impacts drinking water, human health, wildlife, and property values.

Stormwater Management in Biddeford

The City of Biddeford is working hard to comply with stormwater permit requirements set by the Federal Clean Water Act.

Learn more about the City's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (PDF) and preventing stormwater pollution (PDF).

Think Blue Maine

The ThinkBlueMaine partnership is comprised of:

  • The 28 regulated stormwater municipalities
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Nested regulated entities
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • State Planning Office
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension

These entities work together to meet permit requirements and to make Maine a better place to live.

A diagram illustrating the path of stormwater.
A photograph of a storm drain with a painted reminder to prevent pollution below.
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