Stormwater runoff is one of the main sources of water pollution in the nation. By taking action together, we can improve water quality, beautify local waterways and create healthy ecosystems for wildlife to thrive.
As communities grow and become more developed with roads, parking lots, buildings and homes, there is more opportunity for stormwater to become polluted. When rain falls onto paved surfaces or rooftops, it becomes runoff and drains into a storm inlet or ditch which flows untreated into a nearby creek or river.
So, let’s learn how we can keep our water safe and clean!
How you can help protect water quality:
- Keep it out of the inlet: Grass clippings, leaves, dog waste, oil and paint are all pollutants that degrade water quality. Only rain down the drain.
- Test your soil/Read the label: Over-fertilizing can hurt your lawn and negatively affects water quality.
- Pick it up: Dog waste is a source of bacteria in our waterways.
- Avoid the driveway – Go to the car wash: Water from a car wash is recycled and treated.
- Vehicle maintenance: Small fluid leaks can have a big impact of water quality.
- Household chemicals: Store hazardous chemicals in a shed, garage, or somewhere out of the rain. Use your local Household Hazardous Waste facilities and drop-off events to ensure unused household chemicals are properly disposed.
- Trash also counts: Trash is also a source of water pollution, so keep it in the can!
- Get involved: Find local stormwater programs and events in your community.