The political entities of these communities must follow permit regulations set by Ohio EPA. Phase II regulations and stormwater management are important in reducing the impact that urbanization has on our creeks, streams and groundwater resources of the watersheds in Clark County.

 

What is the problem?

During the construction of homes, roads and office buildings, vegetation is often removed and replaced by large paved areas. These impervious surfaces keep rain from seeping into the soil and recharging groundwater supplies. Paved surfaces also increase the speed and amount of water that rushes down gutters and into storm drains during a rain storm. This stormwater runoff picks up pollutants from motor oil, lawn chemicals, pet waste, salt, litter and soil along the way, before flowing to rivers, lakes and streams — untreated.

 

What is the consequence?

The large amounts of untreated water entering the storm sewer system -and eventually our streams and lakes - has lasting health, safety, environmental and economic impacts on our watersheds and communities. Watersheds support a wide variety of plants and wildlife and provide outdoor recreation opportunities. Protecting the health of the streams in our watersheds preserves and enhances the quality of life for Clark County residents and all those living downstream.

 

Thinking about watersheds helps remind us that our actions can impact — for better or for worse — all of the streams and rivers in our region.

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