Orono has an abundance of surface water resources including lakes, wetlands, ponds, and streams. Stormwater is water generated by precipitation, which creates a runoff that collects surface pollutants such as fertilizers, car exhaust, and other damaging contaminants that are absorbed into the nearby soils, wetlands, lakes, and other important watersheds. It is known as a “non-point source” pollutant due to the nature of the generated waterflow. Controlling the runoff and aiding in water quality management has become essential in keeping our water safe for its many uses.
The Orono Surface Water Management Plan (PDF) outlines goals for managing these resources. Among issues the plan addresses are water quantity, water quality, erosion control, wetlands, citizen education, water quality monitoring and maintenance activities.