Storm water, and how it is managed can greatly affect your quality of life. If
not properly managed it can be very damaging to our lakes, our streams and our
drinking water. Did you know that storm water runoff can contain higher amounts
of pollutants than raw sanitary sewage. Or that storm water can contribute more
than 80% of the pollutants affecting our lakes and reservoirs. Often we don't
see the damage that improperly managed storm water runoff has caused, because
we don't know what to look for. Other times the damage becomes so great that it
cannot be missed. We can see the effect of improperly managed storm water in Putnam
Lake where plumes of sediment can be seen extending into the lake.
Protecting our environment and managing storm water requires everyone's help.