How does rain and stormwater runoff affect Lake Champlain?

Excess water from rain or snowmelt flows over surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets picks up pollutants such as oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals and bacteria, flowing into stormwater systems or directly to the lake, streams, rivers or wetlands.

Anything that enters the stormwater system is discharged untreated into the waterways we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.

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How can you help with stormwater runoff?

Learning about stormwater and its effects on our rivers, streams, and lakes is the first step to minimizing the pollutants we drink and swim in.

There are things you can do around your home and in your neighborhood to help reduce stormwater runoff.

Ms. Drop’s Tip for June

Instead of using phosphorus-based fertilizers to green up your lawn, aerate your yard and leave grass trimmings on the ground to act as a natural soil amendment.

Always take a soil test before choosing to apply fertilizer!

About Rethink Runoff

Rethink Runoff, a program managed by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC),  is an ongoing awareness and public outreach effort to reduce dirt and pollutants in stormwater runoff in the Lake Champlain Basin.