Cub Scout Pack 50 met the Town’s Stormwater Technician at the new biocell at Lake Tomahawk to learn about stormwater!
We discussed the difference between surfaces that allow rain to soak through (dirt, grass) and surfaces that don’t allow rain to pass through (concrete, cars, houses).
When rain cannot pass through a surface, it runs off and becomes stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants present on impervious surfaces and transport them into the lake and the Swannanoa River.
We talked about the function of the biocell: to capture and filter the stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot before it enters the lake, and eventually the Swannanoa River.
The Cub Scouts participated in a filtration demonstration that modeled how a biocell filters pollutants like motor oil, litter, dog waste, and fertilizer out of stormwater.
We had fun while learning about the importance of filtering stormwater!