Stormwater

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The City of Palm Bay is dedicated to preserving the water quality of the community in order to protect, maintain and enhance the immediate and long term health, safety and general welfare of the citizens in Palm Bay.

Here in Palm Bay we live in the Indian River Lagoon Watershed, the majority of water in Palm Bay either reaches the Indian River Lagoon through Turkey Creek or via direct discharge.

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain events flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated.

The Water Cycle (also known as the hydrologic cycle) is the journey water takes as it circulates from the land to the sky and back again.

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The Sun's heat provides energy to evaporate water from the Earth's surface (oceans, lakes, etc.). Plants also lose water to the air (this is called transpiration). The water vapor eventually condenses, forming tiny droplets in clouds. When the clouds meet cool air over land, precipitation (rain, sleet, or snow) is triggered, and water returns to the land (or sea). Some of the precipitation soaks into the ground. Some of the underground water is trapped between rock or clay layers; this is called groundwater. But most of the water flows downhill as runoff (above ground or underground), eventually returning to the seas as slightly salty water.

For information on the Stormwater Program