What is Storm Water?


Stormwater is water that originates during precipitation events and snow/ice melt. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or run off and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies (surface water).

Flowing from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, sloped lawns, pastures and other surfaces, stormwater  collects and transports animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil & grease, soil and other potential pollutants. Stormwater runoff is now a major source of water pollution worldwide.


For more information on stormwater, please use the following links:

EPA Storm Water Information (NPDES Stormwater Program)

TDEC Stormwater Permitting

Shelby County Stormwater Information

City of Memphis Storm Water Program

Tennessee Stormwater Association

Report Illegal Dumping

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