Why do we need to manage stormwater?

As the Township develops and landowners create more impervious surfaces, we change the way stormwater runoff flows. These hard surfaces prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. So the more hard surfaces we create, the more we have stormwater flowing onto our streets, into our streams, and under our culverts and bridges. Runoff from impervious surface that is not controlled may cause more damage from floods. As more water flows to the streams and does not soak in, more pollutants enter our local water bodies.
White Township has a stormwater network that controls some of this runoff, and any new development is required to manage flows from its property. However, the Township must make sure that these structures are kept clean and function properly.