What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is rain after it hits the ground!

When it rains, water hits the grass, trees, roads, houses, buildings, and sidewalks. When it hits the grass, the rain soaks into the ground. When it hits roads, houses, buildings, and sidewalks, the rain runs in the street and over the land. This is rain running in our streets and over the land is called stormwater.

When stormwater runs down the street it goes into a storm drain. A storm drain is a big grate in the road where water disappears. But it doesn’t really disappear! The storm drain connects to a big pipe underground that carries the stormwater directly to your local creek, stream, or river. This pipe is called a storm sewer.

Storm drains in the Bee Branch Watershed carry stormwater to the Bee Branch Creek.