If April showers bring May flowers, what does a summer rain bring? Rose leaf spots, soggy lawns, mosquitoes, a leaky roof and stormwater runoff.
Rain is needed to replenish the groundwater aquifer that supplies our drinking water wells. In addition, plants need water during the warm summer growing season. Rain also refills pools, ponds and lakes that lose water daily back into the atmosphere through evaporation. Rain is an important part of the cycle that purifies water through evaporation and condensation into clouds, then precipitation back to Earth as rain.
Stormwater moves across the ground into roadside drains and ditches before collecting in ponds, lakes and rivers. It eventually flows to the oceans. We play an important role in keeping stormwater runoff clean. Things we do in our own yards and neighborhoods can prevent pollution. Here are a few ideas: