Managing Our Rainwater Runoff
Rainwater (or stormwater) runoff is defined as rainfall or snowmelt that flows over the ground. Paved surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets prevent rainwater from naturally soaking into the ground. Rainwater can pick up debris, dirt, motor oils, animal droppings, soaps, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants. These pollutants then flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, river, wetland, and eventually, Long Island Sound. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.
Below are some links to information about how the Town manages our rainwater runoff.
- Illicit Stormwater Discharge Ordinance No. 288
- Notice of Stormwater Report Public Comment Period (Feb. 14 – March 16)
- Town of Groton Stormwater Management Plan 2019 Annual Report
- Town of Groton Stormwater Management Plan April 1, 2017
- Catch Basin Cleaning
- How to Report Illicit Discharges
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Program
- MS4 Outfall Map
Visit these web sites for more information about stormwater runoff:
- CT Department of Environmental Protection
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- Long Island Sound Study
Link to educational resources for children: