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What is stormwater, and why should you care about it?


While we like to brag about Portland's work for clean water and green infrastructure, sometimes it's good to see what other cities are doing to address stormwater problems and how they're telling people about it.

We recently came across this video from Durham, North Carolina that has a great explanation of the water cycle and what stormwater fees pay for.  Check it out! 

samping water in a streamDurham's approach is similar to Portland's stormwater fees, and the water quality testing, pipe maintenance, education and stream restoration we do here at Environmental Services. 

Durham, similar to Portland (and Durham, Oregon!), has rain hitting the pavement and turning into stormwater runoff to local waterways.  And, by the looks of their Stormwater Services Facebook page, they're doing a lot of great work planting trees, encouraging rain gardens and restoring watersheds.  Way to go, Durham.


Photo: City of Durham, NC


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