Storm water management components protect streams and the habitats within them.
Storm water refers to the water generated from precipitation. This water does not infiltrate the ground, but enters streams from overland flow or storm sewers. Water flowing over land or impervious areas can collect pollutants and, if untreated, may negatively impact water quality. The direct discharge of storm water from storm sewers into streams results in erosion and unstable stream channels, which also adversely affect the habitat for fish and macro invertebrates.
River Works has constructed storm water management solutions to treat polluted storm water before it is discharged into streams.
Best management practice for storm water include bioretention cells, rain gardens, wetland retention ponds, and wetland detention ponds. These preventative measures may preclude the need for more extensive stream restoration in the future.