The earth recycles water when it evaporates from plants, soil, and bodies of water, rises and forms rain clouds. Rain and melted snow percolate down through the soil, and is then used by plant roots and soil organisms, and is added to groundwater and surface water supplies.
Heavy rainfall can wash fertilizers, pesticides, soil, garbage and toxins from landscapes, driveways, and rooftops, down streets, and into storm drains and bodies of water. Climate change will likely produce more heavy downpours in Maryland, increasing our water pollution risks.
When it comes to stormwater, the links below will help you learn how to
"slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in."
Contact the Master Gardener program in your county to see if they are conducting a rain barrel workshop soon.
Well and Septic
Water Conservation and Drought