Residents interested in learning more about storm water issues should visit the Storm Water Program page on the State Water Resources Control Board’s website. In an effort to better educate residents of our community, the City has posted links to storm water educational materials developed by the State and other agencies.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a web page devoted to educating kids about Nonpoint Source Pollution and related storm water and water pollution issues. It includes fun interactive games, quizzes and experiments as well as articles and activities designed for middle school students. Please check it out here!
California Watersheds: Our Vital Link A very informative slideshow produced by the Water Education Foundation which describes what watersheds are as well as the importance of healthy watersheds for our drinking water, agricultural irrigation activities and fish and wildlife habitat. The slideshow illustrates the important components of a watershed and also describes important watershed issues and problems related to erosion and illegal discharges (“Point” and “Nonpoint”) which impact our local watersheds.
Wag the Dragon - Protecting Creeks and Streams the Water Board Way (Greg Gearheart 2009) This is a slide show that addresses the detrimental impacts associated with hydromodification, which is a term used to describe the alteration of the natural flow of water through a landscape. Disturbing and compacting soils, changing the vegetation cover, adding impervious surfaces, and altering drainage patterns limit the natural hydrologic cycle processes of absorption, infiltration, and evapotranspiration, and increase the volume and frequency of runoff. Hydromodification is an issue that impacts creeks and streams in the City of Lakeport and other areas of Lake County. It causes stream channel instability, degraded water quality, changes in groundwater recharge processes, and riparian and aquatic habitat impacts. Please see this page for more information designed for the public!
Achieving Sustainable Site Design through Low Impact Development Low Impact Development (LID) is a storm water management approach where the primary goal is to preserve a site's predevelopment hydrology. The effects of changes to runoff patterns caused by land use modifications, or hydromodification, can be reduced through the use of LID site planning (e.g., reduce impervious areas, preserve open space, minimize land disturbance) and structural Best Management Practices (e.g., bioretention swales, pervious pavements, cisterns), which are intended to promote infiltration, storage, evapotranspiration, and other processes that mimic the site's natural hydrology. The techniques used as part of LID are often conducive to reducing the amount of pollutants entering receiving waters (including groundwater).
"After the Storm" Excellent information prepared by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which describes storm water, explains why storm water runoff is a problem, the negative effects of storm water pollution, and offers storm water pollution solutions.
City of Sacramento Stormwater Program "Kids Page" Terrific page devoted to educating children about stormwater pollution and stormwater issues. The page includes an Environmental Quiz and a fun "Sammy the Salmon" game.
Non-Point Source Pollution This website was created by the Hawaii State Department of Health and includes a wide variety of information about non-point source pollution which affects our local streams, lakes and creeks. This type of pollution results when rainfall and snowmelt flows over and through the landscape and picks up and carries contaminants from many different sources. Sources of non-point pollution include automobiles, residential and agricultural activities, construction activities and other typical urban runoff passing through the storm drain system and into Clear Lake. Water also carries pollutants into underground drinking water as it soaks into the ground.