What is stormwater?
Stormwater is rain or melting snow that flows over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. In more natural areas, such as forests and wetlands, water is quickly able to soak into the ground, where it is stored and filtered. As urban areas have less vegetation and more impervious surfaces, less rain is able to infiltrate into the ground, and more runoff is generated.
Fonte: The Contra Costa Clean Water Program (CCCWP), consultado a 23 de dezembro de 2022