What problems can stormwater cause?
Stormwater can cause quality and quantity problems. It picks up anything in its path and delivers it to our water resources: streams, rivers and lakes. Pollutants including oil, yard waste, fertilizers, litter and sediment can create stormwater of poor quality that can harm our streams, wetlands and other resources.

Too much stormwater is also harmful. In an area with natural ground cover, grass, trees, etc, only 10% of the rainwater runs directly into the streams. The other 90% is absorbed or evaporates. In urban areas, up to 55% of rainfall can become stormwater runoff. This increased runoff in urban areas can cause flooding, erosion and property damage if not wisely managed.

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1. Does Natick have a stormwater program and why?
2. Does stormwater go to a treatment plant?
3. How do I add an irrigation meter?
4. My trash or recycling was not picked up today, what should I do?
5. What are the stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)?
6. What are the hours of the recycling center and where is it located?
7. What can citizens do to ensure pollutants are not carried off by rainwater?
8. What can I put out for recycling pickup?
9. What is stormwater?
10. What problems can stormwater cause?
11. When are my recyclables picked up?
12. When is curbside yard waste collection?
13. When is my trash picked up?
14. Where can I get a recycling bin?
15. Who should I call if a street light is out?