Farm Practices – Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff is a contributor to flooding and water quality degradation, particularly in areas that receive frequent and severe rainstorms or heavy snowfalls that produce large quantities of surface runoff.

Storm water runoff is defined as the portion of rainfall or thawing snow that flows overland away from the area it originally precipitated on.

There are two different categories of storm water runoff:

  1. Runoff that comes from fields and forests, is referred to as non-point source runoff.
  2. Runoff that flows from specific areas (usually impervious), such as rooftops or feedlots, is referred to as point source runoff.

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