What is Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, streets, and building rooftops prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground. Stormwater runoff often contains pollutants in quantities that could adversely affect water quality.
Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
The nearest Environmental Field Office (EFO) is the Knoxville office and should be your starting point for any environmental question, concern, or complaint. The toll free number below will automatically forward you to the appropriate EFO based on where you are calling from. Each EFO is staffed with a Regional Director for External Affairs as well as technical staff who are available to assist with permitting needs, outreach functions, and general guidance. If you are unsure of which EFO to contact, you can send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.