Stormwater runoff is defined as the precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, rooftops, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground, according to the EPA. This precipitation can pick up harmful pollutants from these surfaces like oil or grease from a car, pesticides, pet wastes, and fertilizer to name a few. The runoff can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Continue Reading
New stormwater runoff regulations begin July 1st, and California businesses are preparing by making plans to comply.
The EPA Clean Water Rule passed last week clarifying which waters fall under the definition of “waters of the United States” and are protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule is seeing some opposition from those who are subject to regulation now that the EPA will govern 3% more types of waters than before.