Every time it rains, thousands of gallons of stormwater enter Fairfield’s storm sewer system. As the runoff flows across lawns, driveways, parking lots, and streets, it collects pollutants such as motor oil, yard clippings, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or other pollutants.
Since stormwater is naturally channeled to our streams, rivers, or the underground aquifer, there is no opportunity for treatment to remove pollution. If left unmanaged, this runoff changes both water quality and quantity, environmentally damaging our waterways physically, chemically, and biologically.
Fairfield’s Stormwater Quality Management Plan is designed to reduce the pollution and damage caused by stormwater runoff. A basic overview of this plan is available here.