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Stormwater Runoff
Keep it Clean, Because We're All Downstream!

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt. The water seeps into the ground or drains into storm sewers. These drains collect stormwater runoff at street corners or at low points on the sides of your streets.

Pollutants from motor oil, grass clippings, engine coolant, fertilizers, bacteria and pet waste are carried in the water through the city’s stormwater collection system. They are then discharged into to the local waterways such as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Creek; Sand Creek; and also the South Platte River.

H2O Joe Takes a Ride Through the Storm Drain

All credits to the City of Boulder, Colorado (2010)

Impacts of Stormwater Runoff
The more development (homes, roads and business) happens, the amount of stormwater runoff increases because soil and vegetation loses its natural capacity to absorb and contain pollutants. Greater amounts of stormwater runoff can cause erosion of land areas and stream banks, increase flooding and carry pollutants to surface waters.

How You Can Help
Citizens of Commerce City can do a number of things to help mitigate the negative effects of stormwater runoff. These include:

What's the City Doing?
Our Public Works Department trys to minimize the negative impact of stormwater runoff ensuring our stormwater systems are properly planned, constructed, and maintained. Through actions like issuing stormwater permits and public education campaigns, the city provides overall stormwater management to prevent flooding, protect water quality, and preserve the natural creeks and gulches throughout Commerce City.
Stormwater Quality Hotline
Ph: 303-227-8801
Fx: 303-289-8165

Municipal Services Building
8602 Rosemary St.
Commerce City, CO 80022