As water flows off your property, it washes pollutants, such as soil, lawn trash, lawn chemicals, automotive fluids, and pet waste into storm drains. These pollutants then flow directly into our local rivers, lakes and streams without being treated at wastewater treatment facilities.
You CAN make a difference!
Here’s how you can prevent polluted water from running off your property …
- Direct gutter downspouts to a rain barrel or vegetation.
- Wash your car on the lawn or at a car wash.
- Pick up after your pet and dispose of it in the trash or flush it down the toilet.
- Reduce your use of fertilizers and pesticides.
- Bag your leaves and yard clippings.
- Check your vehicle for leaks and recycle used motor oil.
- Never dump anything down a storm drain.
Remember, the primary cause of water quality problems in the United States today is not from factories or wastewater treatment plants but rather from “nonpoint source pollution” – and that’s a fancy way to describe contaminated runoff from rainfall, snowmelt, washing a car, pet waste and other sources that gets into our rivers, streams and underground.
Oils, Grease & Fat (Don't Mix)
Oils, grease and fat are generated from preparing food, washing and using our vehicles, and other activities. They include substances like fuels, motor oil, lubricating oil, hydraulic oil, cooking oil and animal-derived fats.
If not disposed of properly, oils, grease and fat can pollute our environment, including stormwater.
Scoop the Poop
Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, yards or other open areas is washed by rain and melting snow into storm drains that carry it to our local streams, lakes and rivers. This can make water unfit for irrigation, recreation and other uses.