Very serious. The contaminated stormwater can affect vegetation, wildlife, commercial fisheries and restrict swimming areas. For example,
Health: stormwater pollution poses a serious health risk to people swimming or fishing in our local bayous, rivers, lakes, etc.
Environment: Countless marine plants and animals living in our local waterways may become sick or die from contact with stormwater pollution.
Neighborhoods: Clogged storm drains significantly decrease the quality of life in many neighborhoods throughout the City and County. These "nests" of trash and debris can attract rats and cockroaches and create foul odors - affecting neighborhood aesthetics and property values, and create the potential for local flooding during heavy rain events.