ROANOKE  
 
 
We believe:
 
a designated, predictable funding source for our stormwater needs is now critical. We can no longer depend on short-term solutions to a long-term problem.
 
 
What is Stormwater?
 
What is the problem? | Regulations | Environmental
 
Stormwater is the flow of water that results from precipitation and which occurs immediately following rainfall or snowmelt.

After precipitation, some soaks into the ground, some is taken up by plants, and some evaporates. Stormwater that does not soak into the ground becomes surface runoff, and flows into our rivers and streams. Much of this water is carried directly to the streams by the pipes and conduits in the City of Roanoke’s stormwater system which are maintained by the City’s Dept of Public Works.

Hardened or “impervious” surfaces such as driveways, parking lots, streets and rooftops do not allow rainfall to soak into the soil, so more of the rainfall becomes stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff accumulates pollutants such as oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, and bacteria as it travels across land and discharges into our rivers and streams.