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Arkansas Stormwater Education Program

Intense rain on parking lot
When rain falls on an impervious surface like a parking lot, it flows across the surface as stormwater.

When it rains, snows or sleets in Arkansas, where does that water go? Does it soak into the ground? Does it sit in puddles until it evaporates? The water actually does both of those things, but some of the water will also flow over the land surface, heading downhill to the nearest ditch or stream. This is called stormwater runoffIn Arkansas cities and towns, the water cannot soak in through the pavement, rooftops, and concrete like it can into the soil. 

City water flows into streams and lakes

The water flows off impervious surfaces such as driveways, rooftops, sidewalks, and parking lots, and usually flows straight into a storm drain. These openings along roads and in parking lots connect to pipes which carry the water directly to your local stream or lake

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