Stormwater: why should I care?

We’re doing a four-part mini-series on stormwater: what is it? Why should residents care? What is the City doing to help reduce the risk of flooding and erosion in Vaughan? What can residents do to help? We’ll cover those questions here.

The City of Vaughan’s stormwater management program supports flood protection, maintains water quality and helps in climate change mitigation if infrastructure is well maintained. To learn more, visit

Here is the second post of this series:


Stormwater runoff can pick up transport pollutants such as oil, pesticides and trash before flowing into storm drains, drainage ditches and creeks.

This runoff is not cleaned at a treatment plant first – it doesn’t even get naturally filtered by the soil before it flows into rivers and lakes that supply our drinking water.

Stormwater runoff can contribute to:

  • water resource decay
  • stream instability
  • spoiled water quality
  • habitat loss
  • stormwater system damage
  • property damage and increased
  • flooding

Learn more about the City of Vaughan’s Stormwater Management Program:

Please take a moment and complete our stormwater survey. We appreciate your input!

Jennifer Rose
Director of Environmental Services
City of Vaughan



Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at

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