This lesson highlights how water leaves our homes and where it goes. The audience is given a look at stormwater and how water drains away from the city. By learning how commonly placed storm drains are, the audience will have a better awareness the next time they come across one.
Stormwater is water from a storm. Any precipitation that falls from the sky, including rain, hail, and snow, is considered stormwater. There are two fates for stormwater:
Stormwater treatment practices remove pollutants from stormwater!
Pools of water enhance pollutant removal through mechanisms such as settling, plant uptake and decomposition.
Man-made specifically for pollutant removal and flood control. Plants and organisms naturally filter the water.
Pollutant removal occurs through water traveling through the air gaps in the soil.
Capture, store, and filter stormwater through sand and soil. Like a plant filter!
Reduce the speed of and stores stormwater runoff to encourage infiltration. They are the best for capturing metals and nutrients!
A storm drain is a channel or pipe used to carry off rainwater
Problems arise when storm drains become blocked somewhere along the way, or when the amount of rain simply overwhelms the system.
Debris can easily block a rainwater channel, causing water to backup and flood areas behind it.
Continue following Suzy and her dog P.D. as they figure out where water goes after it is used! Best viewed after watching Part One: Where Water Comes From
Learn about stormwater pollution through the eyes of a fish in his river home!
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