Many daily activities produce pollutants that can contaminate local waterways. Stormwater (the gathering of surface rainwater) runs over hard surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and driveways, picking up pollutants along the way. These can be pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, pool chemicals, sediment, yard waste and pet waste, just to name a few.
Local waterways, such as streams, creeks and lakes, provide food, water and recreation for our community. Pollutants can increase the cost of water treatment, deter those seeking enjoyment from our recreational areas, and harm local wildlife either directly or by disrupting ecosystems. Below are some tips for preventing stormwater pollution:
- Repair leaking vehicles.
- "Doo" the right thing and bag pet waste.
- Properly dispose of trash at your home.
- Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash.
- Drain pool water into sanitary sewer clean-out.
- Use pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers sparingly, or look for safer alternatives.
- Prevent yard waste (leaves and grass clippings) from entering the street or storm drains.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste (oil, paint, batteries, light bulbs, grease) properly.
For more information about preventing stormwater pollution, including resources for proper disposal of waste materials, please follow the links below. Remember - Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!