Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain 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. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is
discharged untreated into the local waterbodies.
Only Rain Down the Drain!
To keep the stormwater leaving your home or workplace clean, follow these simple guidelines:
• Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
• Repair auto leaks.
• Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.), and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations.
• Clean up after your pet.
• 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
For more information on stormwater pollution prevention visit: www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater