Our community - health, economy, way of life - depends on clean water. Polluted runoff threatens the health of Maine's lakes, streams, rivers and bays.
Runoff is water that flows over the surface of the ground, picking up pollution before it flows into nearby waterbodies. Runoff happens after any rain storm, and in Maine we see a lot of runoff in the springtime when the snow melts. Please visit the stormwater page to learn more about polluted runoff.
A new kind of Urban Runoff will soon be seen in Southern Maine! On April 23, 2016, runners and walkers will be hitting streets and trails in Portland for the 5th annual Urban Runoff 5K and walk to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money to support clean water education in local schools. The date of the Urban Runoff was chosen to coincide with Earth Day and spring's "first flush" of stormwater pollution. The Urban Runoff will lead into Green Neighbor Family Fest.
Join us – help us preserve our communities, health, and Maine way of life by keeping our water clean!