What is stormwater pollution?

Did you know that stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water quality problems in the State of Maine?

Stormwater is rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground. When it runs off our lawns, driveways, parking lots, and roads, it picks up pollutants that have been spilled on the ground, such as:

  • Food products
  • Excess fertilizer and pesticides
  • Gas
  • Litter
  • Oil
  • Pet waste

Stormwater carries these pollutants, untreated, into the catch basins, storm drains and roadway ditches which in turn flow into waterways, such as:

  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • Dungeon Brook
  • Little River
  • Moors Brook
  • The Saco River
  • Swan Pond Brook
  • Thatcher Brook
  • West Brook

The City of Biddeford is working to prevent stormwater pollution.

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