Where does rain water go in your neighborhood? The best way to find out is to take a walk outside during a storm. Put on your boots and raincoat and go see what happens!In this first photo, you can look up at the hill from the Seven Oaks Park and Playground. The water is running down the steep hill because the ground is not porous enough to absorb the water. The result is erosion and the topsoil is carried down into a storm drain (between the two trees on the left side).
|Hill above Seven Oaks Park & Playground|
|Sidewalk near Seven Oaks Park after a heavy rain|
If you walk down the Three Oaks Association parking lot, you will see the water sweeping down the asphalt, picking up oils, pollutants, and trash on its way, until it reaches a storm drain. From there the water goes into a large pipe and gets dumped into Sligo Creek.
|Three Oaks Association parking lot during a rain storm|