The Chesapeake’s Shelter from the Storm(water)

cbstormwaterBy Christina Catanese

Our friends at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office have a very informative series of videos called Bay 101 that are great for learning the issues that the Bay faces and how it’s getting cleaned up.   This video about stormwater runoff to the Chesapeake is one of these.  Stormwater is an issue threatening healthy waters all over the Mid Atlantic region.  With growing populations and expanding urban and suburban development, more areas are being paved over with impervious surfaces rather than the forested or grassed areas that were there before.  This means that instead of the water soaking into the ground, it runs over the paved surfaces into storm drains, which take that stormwater right into waterways.  You know those little labels you sometimes see on the sidewalk that say “No dumping, drains to river”?  Well, they aren’t just for decoration…it’s true.

Now, this runoff harms the Bay and other local water ways because the runoff picks up all kinds of stuff as it washes over paved surfaces.  Just think of all the dirt and grime on the street: oil or gas leaks from cars, litter, dirt, grit, fertilizer from lawns, and who knows what else.  Click the pic to watch the video and hear much more about how stormwater harms the Chesapeake and what we can do about it.  Check out the other great videos the Bay Program has while you’re there.  How do you see stormwater affecting the Chesapeake or your local waterways?

About the Author: Christina Catanese has worked at EPA since 2010, and her work focuses on data analysis and management, GIS mapping and tools, communications, and other tasks that support the work of Regional water programs. Originally from Pittsburgh, Christina has lived in Philadelphia since attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science and an M.S. in Applied Geosciences with a Hydrogeology concentration. Trained in dance (ballet, modern, and other styles) from a young age, Christina continues to perform, choreograph and teach in the Philadelphia area.

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