What is a BMP?
A storm water BMP reduces water pollution and can reduce flood risks. It can be:
Storm water runoff is rain that is not absorbed into the earth. Instead, it runs off streets, rooftops, parking lots, even lawns. As it flows, storm water picks up pollutants such as pesticides, fertilizers, bacteria, oil and sediment.
In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, storm water is piped directly to creeks. It does not go to a wastewater treatment plant. 70% of the pollution in our streams, rivers and lakes is carried there by storm water.
How can BMPs help?
BMPs are designed to improve water quality by reducing pollution in our streams, rivers and lakes.