Stormwater is snow melt or rain that does not percolate into the ground, but instead, runs off the surface of the ground into water bodies. Stormwater may carry metals, automobile fluids, bacteria, chemicals animal waste, pesticides, salts, or other harmful substances into bodies of water. Adverse impacts include contaminated drinking water, decreased biodiversity, flooding, soil erosion, and bacteria transport. To prevent stormwater runoff, minimize the use of lawn chemicals; wash your car on the grass; clean up after your pet; and repair oil leaks.
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