Why all the recent fuss about stormwater?

The Federal Clean Water Act requires large and medium sized towns (Abilene meets the large criteria) across the United States to take steps to reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The law was applied in two phases. The first phase addressed large cities. The second phase, often referred to as "Phase II," requires medium and small cities, fast growing cities and those located near sensitive waters to take steps to reduce stormwater.

These laws require chosen cities to create a Stormwater Management Plan to meet the requirements in the City's permit.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is polluted runoff?
3. What causes polluted stormwater runoff?
4. Why do we need to manage stormwater and polluted runoff?
5. What is the City of Abilene doing about stormwater runoff?
6. How is stormwater runoff “managed”?
7. If it only affects streams and creeks, why should I care?
8. Why all the recent fuss about stormwater?
9. What is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program?
10. What is a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)?