A: Stormwater is the surface runoff of rain and snowmelt. In undeveloped areas
such as grasslands and forests, the surface flow of water is slowed by vegetation
and much of the water seeps into the ground. With urban growth and
development, open land is replaced by hard surface areas, such as buildings,
streets and parking lots, which are unable to absorb stormwater. Because
development results in increased amounts of stormwater runoff, a stormwater
drainage system is necessary to channel the runoff out of urban areas and
reduce the occurrence of flooding.
Those not living near the high priority projects will see cleaner streams in the parks throughout Town as water discharged into White Lick Creek, which is along the extensive trail system, will be cleaner.
Stormwater department improvement projects will benefit all sanitary sewer
customers because such projects will reduce the amount of clear water entering the sanitary sewer system. The Town is required by State law to collect fees for such improvements f