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Where do storm drains go? 

A storm drain system drains excess rain water from paved surfaces (streets, parking lots, sidewalks,  and roofs). 

Photo: University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Excess phosphorus in surface water bodies causes algae blooms that are not only unsightly, but also affect the entire underwater ecosystem.  Phosphorus is in leaves, lawn clippings, animal waste, fertilizer, and soil; all of which are often carried into storm drains during rain events. 

Stormwater runoff also washes other pollutants such as oil, antifreeze, and paint off streets and driveways and into storm sewers, where they are directly deposited into water bodies.