Storm Water Videos

Tempest in a Channel: Stormwater Runoff’s Impact on Urban Streams

The Division of Surface Water has available copies of a short educational video that discusses storm water runoff and its impacts on streams and other waterbodies in urban areas. Tempest in a Channel: Stormwater Runoff’s Impact on Urban Streams is a 15-minute program that explains in general terms how the actions of private citizens can contribute to pollution of storm water runoff, and how increased areas of impervious surface that result from new development create increased volumes of runoff that have to be managed.

The video also discusses how “low-impact development” concepts can be incorporated into new construction projects to better manage the increased volumes of storm water runoff typically created from new development. Reducing the amount of runoff, or relying on existing natural features at a site, often can lead to cheaper, more effective storm water management strategies. In the short-term, costs are lowered because less piping or other infrastructure is required. Over the long-term, savings can be realized because fewer controls require less maintenance, and natural controls do not need to be replaced.

The video is available on the Agency's YouTube channel, or you may download the video from one of the links below.

If you would like a standard tape or DVD copy of this program, contact Chris Cotton at Ohio EPA’s Southwest District Office in Dayton at (937) 285-6442 or at christopher.cotton@epa.ohio.gov.

The Muck Stops Here: Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control Basics

Ohio EPA, in cooperation with the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District, produced an 11-minute video highlighting preferred approaches for pollution control from regulated construction projects.

The Muck Stops Here: Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control Basics (file size: 27 MB) is a training tool that provides specific examples of effective practices seen at active construction sites. It targets local inspectors who enforce municipal storm water regulations and have a basic knowledge of sediment and erosion control requirements.

If you have any questions about this video, contact Chris Cotton at Ohio EPA’s Southwest District Office in Dayton at (937) 285-6442 or  christopher.cotton@epa.ohio.gov.