Fact Sheet 2009–3103
Stormwater runoff is a leading contributor to pollution in streams, rivers, and lakes in Johnson County, Kansas, and nationwide. Because stormwater runoff contains pollutants from many different sources, decreasing pollution from stormwater runoff is a challenging task. It requires cooperation from residents, businesses, and municipalities. An important step in protecting streams from stormwater pollution is understanding watershed processes, stormwater characteristics, and their combined effects on streams and water quality.
First posted December 24, 2009
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Rasmussen, T.J., and Schmidt, H.C., 2009, Stormwater Runoff: What it is and why it is important in Johnson County, Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009–3103, 2 p.
What is a watershed?
What is stormwater runoff and why is it a problem?
What water-quality concerns exist in Johnson County and what causes them?
How has stormwater runoff from urban areas affected the water quality of lakes, rivers, and streams in Johnson County?
What practices are being implemented to manage stormwater and protect water quality in Johnson County?
What can Johnson County residents do to help protect streams?