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. In an effort to keep creeks and rivers clean and clear, the only thing that belongs in the storm drain is rain.
Only Rain Down the Drain
Local waterways, such as streams, creeks and lakes, provide food, water and recreation for a 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.
- 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!