The treatment of stormwater is vital to the future restoration of Sarasota Bay. Some of the water from the land reaches the Bay through the ground, but most of it is carried by creeks and streams via stormwater runoff. When rainfall washes across the watershed, it collects the debris and residue of our daily lives and becomes stormwater pollution.
Stormwater pollution is the number one concern for SBEP and its partners. The amount of stormwater pollution reaching the Bay has increased as the area’s population has grown. Development practices that harden and compact surfaces have caused a 50 percent increase in stormwater runoff flowing into the Bay
Storm drains are not connected to the sewer system.
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood
Without a stormwater system, the stormwater runoff usually flows into the nearest water body without treatment. The runoff carries pollutants such as litter, motor oil, gasoline, fertilizers, pesticides, pet wastes, sediments and anything else that can float, dissolve or be swept away by moving water.
The SBEP Bay Repair Kit provides helpful guidelines for Bay-friendly stewardship.