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Stormwater 101

Stormwater runoff is rain or melted snow that flows over driveways, parking lots, roads, sidewalks, streets and roofs or any surface that cannot absorb water.  Surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground are known as IMPERVIOUS. As runoff flows over impervious surfaces, it picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste and other pollutants and carries them all directly into Fourpole Creek, the Ohio River or the Guyandotte river.

Most of Huntington’s Stormwater runoff does not flow to the treatment plant. It flows directly into our waterways, where it can cause public safety hazards, health risks and environmental threats.

Aging Infrastructure

We have miles of sewer pipes that run under our backyards, streets, and parking lots. The oldest of those pipes are beginning to fail due to their age. That means pipes can collapse, which causes sinkholes and flooding. However, with better monitoring, we can extend the life of pipes and make minor repairs before they turn into major problems.

Pollution Problems

As runoff flows over streets, parking lots and other impervious surfaces, it picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste and other pollutants and carries them all directly into Fourpole Creek, the Ohio River or the Guyandotte river.  In some parts of Huntington the Storm system that conveys runoff away is totally separate from the Sanitary sewage system. For more info on CSO’s click here.

Wet Weather Resources

Are you ready to dive deeper into the world of stormwater? Check out our resource library to learn about wet weather management