What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water that originates from rainfall or snowmelt.
What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff comes from stormwater that does not soak into the ground (infiltrate) due to impervious surfaces such as roofs, compacted lawns, streets, and parking lots. Stormwater runoff can pick up pollutants such as sediment, oil, pesticides, and nutrients that adversely affect water quality.
What is stormwater management?
Stormwater is carried by curbs, open drainage ways, and storm sewers directly into local streams and rivers without treatment. Stormwater management aims to both reduce the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater runoff.
Green Infrastructure Viewer
Landscaping features, retention basins, soil quality restoration, and permeable pavers are all types of best stormwater management practices, or "green infrastructure." View a map of these practices in Cedar Rapids.
Stormwater Program & Additional Information
- Stormwater Utility
Learn how the City's Stormwater Utility fee is assessed.
- Residents - What you can do
Pollution prevention for the home and yard.
- Businesses - What you can do
Pollution prevention for the local business.
- Stormwater Master Plan
On November 1, 2016, the City Council adopted a new Stormwater Master Plan.
- Illicit Discharge
Recognize and report stormwater pollution when you see it.
- Stormwater BMPs
Addressing stormwater quantity and quality on your property.
- Educators & Kids
Resources and tools for learning about stormwater.
- Construction & Permits
Information for building and development.
- Stormwater BMP Cost-Share
Learn about and apply to the BMP Cost-Share Program
- Stormwater FAQs and Terms
FAQs and commonly used stormwater words and terms.