Our waterways are a distinctive part of our region – sustaining wildlife, recreation, business and community development. Unfortunately, pollution collected from parking lots, driveways and roads throughout the basin flows directly into our precious waterways. This untreated water from rain and snowmelt pollutes the Rock River and its tributaries.
When water enters a ditch or a storm drain it usually goes directly to our rivers, streams and lakes. It is not cleaned or treated along the way. As rain runoff and snowmelt rushes to storm drains, it often carries debris, toxins and other nasty or harmful substances into our water systems. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that storm water runoff is the most common cause of water pollution.
Because storm water has such an impact on waterways, proper management is critical to maintain the health and beauty of the Rock River. Keeping our river clean, safe, and usable is a benefit to all; by preserving a habitat for local wildlife, by providing recreation opportunities, and by improving the value of waterfront property.
Fortunately, simple changes in our daily lives can make a big impact on water pollution. You can take simple actions at home and at work to make sure the water that does flow to the rivers stays clean. Do your part to protect the rivers and streams in your community!