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RIDE Project Newsletter

 Storm Water
Stormwater discharges are generated by precipitation and runoff from land, pavements, building rooftops and other surfaces. Stormwater runoff accumulates pollutants such as oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, and bacteria as it travels across land. Heavy precipitation or snowmelt can also cause sewer overflows that, in turn, may lead to contamination of water sources with untreated human and industrial waste, toxic materials and other debris.

The Regional Intercommunity Drainage Evaluation (RIDE) Study

The RIDE Study is the second phase in the District's regional storm drainage planning program. It seeks to develop planning-level solutions to intercommunity storm drainage problems - those in which the actions of one or more communities may create storm drainage problems in other communities.

Three types of intercommunity drainage problems are addressed by the RIDE Study:
  • Frequent flooding streams, streets or storm sewers that create safety hazards, endanger property and disrupt business
  • Drainage restrictions, debris accumulation or other hydraulic conditions which could pose a severe threat to public safety or threaten property
  • Stream bank erosion that could result in property loss or public safety concerns
The RIDE Study focuses on developing solutions for intercommunity drainage problems on a watershed basis. The District will work with community officials within each watershed area to identify existing and potential future drainage problems.

For an overview of the major watersheds across the District's area, visit the "Environment & Education" page or click here.