What is a catch basin? Catch basins are storm sewer inlets that are designed to collect water during storm events and are the first step in stormwater drainage systems. Storm sewer systems are designed to move water from developed areas as quick as possible during storms. When storms occur, water and anything else on the street enters the storm sewer system through the catch basins. Pet waste, oil, litter, leaves, etc. carried into the storm sewer system is discharged directly into our streams and rivers.
What do catch basins do? Catch basins are generally located next to street curbs or in rear yards of residential areas. They filter out debris such as leaves and litter. The grids located on top the catch basins are small enough to prevent large objects from entering into the storm sewer system, but large enough to ensure that the flow of water is not blocked.
What can I do to help? Now that you have read "What is a catch basin?" and "What do catch basins do?" - I am sure that you realize how important they are! They are the gateways to our stormwater infrastructure and each and every one of them would like nothing more than to be adopted. To learn more, select the "Basin Buddy Program" tab above.
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