Stormwater pollution occurs when rainwater runs off of impervious surfaces, such as rooftops and streets, picking up trash and pollutants. This runoff washes down the drain and is carried untreated directly to our nearby streams.
Areas with forests and meadows allow rainfall to be absorbed into the ground or evaporate into the atmosphere. Pavement, roofs, and other impervious surfaces offer no such reprieve. When stormwater does not soak into the ground, the untreated, contaminated runoff adversely affects water quality and aquatic life in our streams, rivers and Baltimore Harbor.
Polluting Our Waterways
Increased development across the watershed has made stormwater runoff the fastest growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, because the impervious surfaces prevent rainfall from soaking into the ground.
Rain and snow storms generate large amounts of polluted stormwater that carry nutrients, toxic chemicals, sediment, and trash into our waterways.
Reducing Stormwater Runoff
Many of Blue Water Baltimore’s efforts, from organizing community tree plantings to helping residents install rain gardens, are aimed at reducing the impact of polluted stormwater runoff.
Our programs focus on ways to get the community involved. Blue Water Congregations helps religious groups identify and implement stormwater reduction. Blue Alleys uses innovative strategies to beautify communities and reduce pollution. Storm Drain Art brightens storm drains and raises awareness about the importance of working to keep our streets clean.
You Can Make a Difference
Donate to Blue Water Baltimore to support our work in the field.
Install a Rain Barrel to reduce stormwater pollution.
Create a Rain Garden and promoting native species.
Stencil a Storm Drain to raises awareness.
Engage in Advocacy and help influence decisions on clean water issues.