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.
Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff 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.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land in which all of the water that enters it, drains into a common waterbody. Also known as a drainage basin, it can be thought of as a "funnel" that collects surface water and ground water and drains it into a single stream, lake, ocean, or other reservoir. Hills and ridges usually separate one watershed from the next.
Why are watersheds important?
Humans, plants, and animals need clean water to survive, and the activities in a watershed determine the health of its water. Florida's multi-billion dollar tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing industries rely on clean water. Vegetation in a healthy watershed can filter pollutants, reduce erosion, and prevent flash flooding during storms. Urban development and other human activities can impact water quality. Because water flows freely across state and political boundaries, it is important to focus management plans on entire basins instead of single towns or tributaries.
How are watersheds protected?
Florida's Watershed Restoration Framework was created to embrace this holistic, ecosystem-based approach and to integrate Florida's longstanding water protection programs into more effective, comprehensive action. The program specifically carries out provisions of the Florida Watershed Restoration Act (section 403.067 of the Florida Statutes), as well as other legal authorities, volunteer networks, public education, and financial assistance to clean up water pollution or prevent it in the first place.
For information on the Stormwater Program