Polluted storm water runoff is becoming an increasing problem worldwide. But there are things individual homeowners can do to help.
"In our area where we have the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario, we have such water resources, it's really important for us to protect our water," says Noreen Riordan of Summit Tree and Landcape. She and TJ Sorbera are hoping that more people will start paying attention to what washes down the drains.
"The cumulative effort of everybody doing a little bit of something would help our water to stay clean," adds Sorbera.
They install permeable pavements. They are systems of blocks that are seperated by stones.
Sorbera says, "it takes all the stormwater runoff and infiltrates it and allows it to return back to the soil."
Riordan adds, "pesticides, dog waste, litter, chemicals from your lawn treatment, oil and gas from the driveway. All that will enter the stormwater sewer system. With a permeable patio or permeable driveway, the water would end up clean when it goes into the overflow."
There are also some other, small steps you can take to help cut-down on runoff. Raingardens are nice to look at, and they serve a purpose as well.
"A raingarden accepts water from your downspouts. You can channel the water directly and it's normally a depressed area with good filtering soil. That water runs through the layers of soil and comes out clean at the end."