Stormwater is the water that runs off the land after precipitation, either rain or snowmelt. Rain or snow can drain down into the soil (called infiltration), evaporate back into the atmosphere, be used by plants, or flow into streams or water bodies. The water that runs off the land to streams or lakes is referred to as stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff can cause flooding, erosion of streams, sediment build up in our local watersheds and negative impacts to the Chesapeake Bay. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are designed and constructed to manage stormwater. Homeowners can reduce stormwater runoff from their property by implementing BMPs. For more information regarding stormwater management and BMP maintenance, please click on the link below.

Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance