Water Cycle

The water cycle is the normal path water takes before it enters our streams, rivers or lakes.

Enjoy the interactive water cycle for kids. Understand how the water cycle works with facts that help explain the different processes in a way that's easy to follow.

Follow the storm diagram. Where do you fit in on the cycle and how can you help keep our water clean?

Runoff From Roof:

Many roofs are asphalt which is loaded with tar, zinc, and anti-fungal agents. For metal roofs, the galvanized kinds are prone to the release of heavy metal zinc. More information can be found here.

Lawn Runoff:

Runoff from our lawns carry dirt, wood chips from mulch, grass clippings, and pet waste it scours from the yard and can pollute public waters. You can find more information here.

Gutter Runoff:

When rainwater moves through roof gutters it not only carries pollutants from the roof but can also cause erosion and help carry other pollutants from your yard to our public waters. For more information on how to manage roof gutters go here.

Street Runoff:

Streets carry a number of pollutants to our public waters from road salts to oil and sediment. For more information on street runoff go here.  

Interactive Water Cycle →

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