MSD's stormwater management plan strives to prevent harmful pollutants (trash, soil solids, yard waste and animal waste) from being carried by stormwater runoff into local water bodies.
Stormwater runoff occurs when rain falls or snow melts and flows over the ground's surface. Hard surfaces (impervious surfaces) like rooftops, driveways sidewalks and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground.
Better stormwater management provides environmental, public health and economic benefits. The St. Louis community can expect the following benefits:
- Enhances natural habitats for people, plants and wildlife
- Improves aesthetic appeal of creeks and streams
Social and Public Health Benefit
- Decreases public’s exposure to pathogens and pollutants
- Encourages more recreational use of waterways (where possible)
- Generates business revenues for local contractors and tradesmen working on sewer improvement projects