What Happens To Water Quality When It Rains?

When it rains, water is absorbed into the ground and recharges the aquifer. Because New Jersey is the most densely developed state in the nation, there is less open space where the water is naturally absorbed.

In developed areas, the water cascades off of the pavement, roads and lawns – carrying fertilizers, motor oils, pet waste, soaps, sediment and other pollutants – and degrades the water quality.

Trash and other pollutants flow into tributaries and storm drains, eventually ending up in our waterways, harming our water’s health and impairing conditions for aquatic life.