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Where does all the rainwater go?

Managing stormwater runoff is a function of County Government. You can help us protect water quality

Posted on May 24, 2023 2023News and Events


Does it feel particularly rainy this May? It is. Local meteorologists say May 2023 is shaping up to be one of the wettest on record. But where does all that water go? And how much can a stormwater system handle?

While the average person likely isn’t thinking about stormwater until record-breaking storms, County stormwater engineers are. One of the roles of your County Government is to manage rainwater runoff through a system that includes natural streams as well as man-made pipes and ponds. The primary function of that system is to collect, move and store runoff from rain and snow.

The County’s stormwater system is regularly inspected and maintained. In fact, during a regular business meeting Tuesday, May 23, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved a general maintenance contract for 16 stormwater detention ponds within the County. In compliance with the County’s MS4 stormwater permit, other ways the County manages its stormwater program include:

Managing runoff well is a key part of maintaining healthy water quality in a community. Because not all stormwater is treated before it enters natural streams and lakes, we need your help. Please:

Learn about other ways you can help on our webpage. Or, find out if you need flood insurance with an online form.


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