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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, 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 water flow is called stormwater runoff. In urban areas where there are higher concentrations of impervious surfaces such as driveways, rooftops, sidewalks, and parking lots, water flows at higher speeds and larger quantities.

Storm drains help drain the water from homes and streets to keep us safe. These pipes or ditches carry stormwater directly to local creeks and streams without being treated.  

To educate citizens of Arkansas about proper stormwater procedures two groups were created to establish educational programs and policies to help protect our water. Learn more about:

Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education Program 

Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program