Stormwater runoff is rainfall that flows over the ground. As it flows, it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deposit them into a storm sewer system or waterbody. Many people think that when water flows into a storm drain it is treated, but the storm drain system and sewer system are not connected.
Anything that enters a storm water system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for fishing, providing irrigation water, and providing habitat for plants and animals.
To keep the stormwater leaving your home or workplace clean, follow these simple guidelines:
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, read labels carefully.
- Regularly check your vehicle for fluid leaks and keep it serviced.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.), and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations.
- Carry bags to pick up after your pet and dispose in the trash.
- Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface.
- Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
- Clean paint brushes in sink, not outdoors. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
- Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar.