Stormwater can be a significant source of pollution if not treated properly. In Bay County the major pollution problem caused by stormwater is the sediments that runoff from dirt roads. These sediments not only affect the clarity of the water but also the deposits adversely affect seagrass beds and block navigation ways.
The County has undertaken an aggressive program of stabilizing dirt roads with open graded asphalt with limited County funds and through the Participating Paving Program (whereby the residents pay 50% of the road improvement costs). In addition to stabilization the County has built a number of sediment basins which detain the stormwater runoff long enough for the sediments to settle out of the water.