Public Education and Outreach
The Federal Clean Water Act recognizes that to address the negative impacts of stormwater runoff effectively the strategy must include measures to reduce the sources of nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is defined as pollutants from diffuse sources.
Therefore, the City’s MS4 permit includes a requirement to develop a program that provides opportunities and materials to educate the public on stormwater impacts, including general information about stormwater, why it is important, and steps that can be taken by individuals to reduce or eliminate sources of stormwater pollution.
The City’s Public Education & Outreach Program includes a combination of passive educational opportunities in the form of pamphlets and brochures, this website, etc., as well as in-person outreach efforts such as program staff attending neighborhood functions, organizing or participating in community stream clean-up events, etc. The Stormwater Program staff is also partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to develop a series of events including workshops on installing rain gardens and rain barrels, watershed walks, educational boat trips for students and adults aboard the Chesapeake Bay Foundation educational vessel Baywatcher, and other activities.