Stormwater is a significant contributor to water pollution across the United States. This is because stormwater is an inherently polluted substance, which invariably collects debris, pesticides and other contaminants from the ground before flowing into streams, rivers and lakes. Given its unique nature, stormwater runoff has presented a series of problems since the adoption of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1251-1387, in 1972.
CWA Ruling Could Be National Victory for Municipalities
The Legal Intelligencer
September 30, 2013