Eastern Geographic Science Center


Dr. Dianna Hogan
Research Physical Scientist

Photo of trees and bushes in a depression.
Bioretention BMP examples: Contaminants (including nutrients from
fertilizers) and sediment that washed off residential properties in
stormwater runoff are removed or retained as stormwater infiltrates into
the soil. In the bottom photo, note the trenched runoff inlet in the lower
right-hand corner showing where water enters the BMP.

Are there ways to help reduce stormwater runoff from my property?

There are numerous ways that a homeowner can reduce and clean potential stormwater runoff from their homes and community. At the fundamental level, the responsible disposal of trash and waste will not only create a more welcoming community, but will also reduce the amount of contaminants and trash that could enter streams during storms. Proper use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides on lawns and gardens will help reduce the levels of contaminants and nutrients that can be carried to streams in runoff as well.

The planting of native trees and shrubs and using rain gardens and rain barrels to capture and filter runoff before it exits your property can be a great way to increase community vegetative cover and mitigate stormwater runoff quantity and quality. The BMP discussed here maybe useful to you and your community by reducing the impacts of development on local and regional waterways while increasing visual aesthetics. For example, see Montgomery Planning, Special Protection Areas.

bullet  Are there ways to help reduce stormwater runoff from my property?

Photo of a rainbarrel in operation.
     Rain barrels can be used to collect rainwater from
     the downspout of your house. This water can then
     be reused later to water gardens and lawns.

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