The development of land to build our homes, roads, shopping centers and amenities removes natural areas that helped absorb rain. When we build, the run-off from rainfall is channeled and increases in volume. This rain has to go somewhere. The drainage systems are in place to help protect us from flooding. In addition, the rain picks up large and small pieces of pollution off of the ground and carries it to the system outflows (our creeks and marshes). We are now tasked to prevent pollution from occurring or capture the pollution and treat the water before it leaves our system. These operations require funding. Collectively all property owners in the Town pay a small fee to maintain the larger municipal system.