The water that flows into our streets and storm drains from rainstorms, garden hoses, sprinklers or other water sources is called storm water. This water never goes to a wastewater treatment plant to be cleaned. It flows directly into our lakes, carrying with it pollutants from yards, streets, driveways and other impermeable surfaces.
Storm water pollution is caused by such toxins and pollutants as used motor oil, antifreeze, paints, fertilizers, pet waste and pesticides that are washed into the storm drains. It is the number 1 source of pollution in our nation's urban waters today.
If you and your family enjoy swimming, fishing or other recreational activities in Central Florida’s lakes, you should be concerned about storm water pollution. If you appreciate the birds and other wildlife that nest and feed around the shores of our lakes, you should be concerned about storm water pollution. By preventing storm water pollution, we can all do something to protect our lakes and their ecosystems.