What are some examples of pollutants in stormwater?
As rainfall runoff moves over and through the ground, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants; these pollutants include:

  • Excess fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides from agricultural lands and residential areas

  • Motor oil, grease, paints, soap, pool chemicals, and other toxic chemicals

  • Grass clippings and yard waste

  • Sediment (dirt) from improperly managed construction sites, crop and forest lands, and eroding stream banks

  • Bacteria and nutrients from livestock, pet wastes, and faulty septic systems and wastewater collection system facilities

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1. What is a Watershed?
2. What is stormwater?
3. What is a storm drain?
4. How does stormwater get into our rivers and streams?
5. How does stormwater get polluted?
6. What are some examples of pollutants in stormwater?
7. What are the effects of these pollutants on our waters?
8. How is stormwater different from wastewater?
9. Do cities in North Central Texas treat stormwater?
10. What is illegal dumping?
11. Who can I contact to obtain more information about stormwater in my City?