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Central Ohio is rich in water resources, from small creeks in wooded ravines to rivers and reservoirs used for recreation and drinking water. They are part of our identity and important to our economy.
Storm water runoff is rain that “runs off” across the land and roof tops instead of soaking into the ground. Runoff can also be the result of melting snow.
Runoff increases greatly in cities because roads, roofs and drainage are designed to take water off of the land quickly instead of infiltrating water naturally into the ground.
Excessive runoff generally enters storm drains in the streets, picking up pollutants along its path. The polluted runoff flows to the nearest stream.
Increased runoff leads to stream erosion, flooding, and serious property damage. Runoff also impacts stream habitat and water temperature. Higher water temperature reduces the oxygen fish need to survive.
Storm water pollution that comes from multiple sources and locations is called non-point source pollution.
Causes of non-point source pollution include over-fertilizing lawns, dumping waste down storm drains, not picking up pet waste, disposing of yard waste in or along streams, washing cars in driveways, using salt or fertilizer to de-ice driveways, letting oil drip out of vehicles, and littering.
Rain barrels intercept water from the downspout, collecting water that would otherwise flow to the lawn or street gutter.
Follow the included directions and always keep your barrel on a level surface.
Consider diverting the rain barrel overflow into your yard, or better yet, a rain garden. This method is referred to as a“Treatment Train” and provides the added benefit of slowing runoff and filtering pollutants into the ground.
With some additional planning, a rain barrel can be incorporated into any landscape.
Consider using a cistern for additional water storage, or you can even connect multiple rain barrels together. Additional barrels can be purchased at many local retailers.
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