Stormwater Management Division - City of Melbourne, Florida

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What is Stormwater Runoff
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Yard debris collects at a storm drain inlet.  During dry and wet weather flows, this debris will make its way to the Indian River Lagoon contributing to its deterioration.
What we are doing...

As required by the federally mandated NPDES program, the City of Melbourne has undertaken many pollution control measures in keeping harmful wastes and runoff from entering our receiving waters.

These efforts include minimum control measures such as Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement and Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control and Good Housekeeping for municipal operations. 

The City of Melbourne has numerous projects and programs ongoing and planned for the next several years that will help alleviate flooding and reduce the amount of pollutants that enter our water bodies.

Stormwater Utility
Contact Information

City of Melbourne
Engineering Department
Stormwater Utility
900 Strawbridge Ave
Melbourne, FL  32901
Telephone:  (321) 608-7341
Fax:  (321) 608-7319
swu@melbourneflorida.org
Report Stormwater Pollution!
Call the Stormwater Hotline at 608-7341
 
Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is rainwater that does not seep into the ground after a rainfall.  Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground.  It drains off your property, entering into our storm drains.

Why is Runoff a Problem?

Besides obvious flooding issues, stormwater can pick up pollutants such as debris, yard waste, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, oil, pet waste, and flows into our storm drain system or directly into the Indian River Lagoon, Crane Creek, Eau Gallie River, Lake Washington and Horse Creek.  

Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking water.  Over the years, contaminated stormwater has contributed to a steady deterioration of the Indian River Lagoon.

 

The Effects of Runoff

 
Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals and people? Just look at these examples:

Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow.  It can also destroy aquatic habitats.

Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms.  When algae dies, they sink to the bottom and decompose in a process that removes oxygen from the water.  Fish and other aquatic organisms can't exist in water with low dissolved oxygen levels.

Bacteria and other pathogens can wash into swimming areas and create health hazards.

Debris - plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts - washed into the water bodies can choke, suffocate, or disable the aquatic life.

Household hazardous wastes - like insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life.  Land animals and people become sick from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.

 


 

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