Why is stormwater runoff a problem?

As precipitation falls on undeveloped areas, it is primarily absorbed in the ground or slowly runs offs into streams, rivers and other water bodies with a much lower risk of picking up pollutants. Development of land resulting in more impervious surface (rooftops, driveways, parking lots, etc.) prevents water from being absorbed and creates a faster rate and amount of runoff. This development has the potential to cause flooding or water-quality issues if not properly managed. 


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1. What is storm-water runoff?
2. What is storm-water pollution?
3. Do other cities have a storm-water fee?
4. Are tax-exempt properties also exempt from the stormwater fee?
5. I have a drainage problem in my yard. Who do I call to get help with this problem?
6. Who owns the stormwater system?
7. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?