What is Stormwater Runoff?
Stormwater runoff is rainfall that flows over the ground surface. It is created when rain falls on impervious areas that do not allow water to soak into the ground – such as roads, driveways, parking lots, and rooftops – and from pervious surfaces that have become saturated.
The City of Palm Coast stormwater system consists of more than 70 miles of freshwater and saltwater canals, more than 150 miles of interconnected ditches, and more than 1,200 miles of roadside swales. The City borders the Intracoastal Waterway and is just minutes from pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is a top priority of the City of Palm Coast to properly maintain and improve the quality of our waters.
Runoff that is not returned to the atmosphere or permeated into the soil is eventually discharged into larger bodies of water – such as local streams, lakes, wetlands, and rivers. As it travels across the ground, stormwater runoff can collect different pollutants commonly located on paved surfaces. Pollutants can come from a wide range of sources, including lawn chemicals, pet waste, litter/trash, sediments, and yard waste.
The City encourages all residents to play an active role in helping to keep our waters clean and reduce stormwater pollutants from local residences and businesses. You can make a difference! Click on the "Making A Difference" tab for more.