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Stormwater Division
Public Works Department
500 15th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: 319-286-5815
Email: sewer@cedar-rapids.org
Watch this short video to learn more about stormwater.

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.

Cedar Rapids Green Infrastructure Map

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