Like many rivers across the country, the health of the Roanoke River is impaired from pollution. Stormwater runoff contributes to this pollution from normal activities taking place around the city. Activities such as walking the dog, fertilizing the lawn, driving cars or those that create bare soil, can generate pollution. These pollutants wash into the stormdrain system and flow untreated into the nearest creek, ultimately reaching the Roanoke River.
The resulting pollution reduces our community's ability to use our waterways for swimming, fishing, and drinking, and it adversely impacts wildlife populations. These problems create negative impacts on our community by reducing livability, suppressing the local economy, and increasing the cost of using our water as a natural resource.