Stormwater is an important natural resource that sustains our agricultural, economic, and recreational interests. Since all aspects of life depend on water, the Village of Suamico is committed to protecting and enhancing the quality of our waterways.
Stormwater runoff occurs when rainfall flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like parking lots, rooftops, and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. More impervious surfaces means more stormwater runoff entering the Village’s storm drain system that includes curb inlets, underground pipes, roadside ditches, creeks, streams, and rivers.
Stormwater runoff carries debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants into our storm drain system. Anything that enters our storm drain system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, recreation, and drinking. Some common pollutants found in storm drains and creeks include motor oil, yard clippings, fertilizers, pesticides, milky water from paint, soapy water from car washing, eroded sediment and concrete byproducts from construction projects, and litter.