Storm Water Can Quickly Become Wastewater
Storm Water – Only Rain Down The Drain
Most people don’t give drains a second thought. It is important that we education everyone. Trash thrown out of a car window will most likely find it’s was to a stream. Water inside your house will go to a treatment plant. Water outside your house will find it’s way to a body of water.
Prevent illicit discharge – Because there is generally no treatment of storm water before it enters into a receiving stream, any illegal connection, dumping or tie-in to a storm sewer is considered an illicit discharge.
Problems with Storm Water Pollution
Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters.
Population growth and the development of urban/urbanized areas are major contributors to the amount of pollutants in the runoff as well as the volume and rate of runoff from impervious surfaces. Together, they can cause changes in hydrology and water quality that result in habitat modification and loss, increased flooding, decreased aquatic biological diversity, and increased sedimentation and erosion.
PLEASE KEEP PET WASTE, PAINT, OIL, LEAVES, BRANCHES, GRASS CUTTINGS
AND ALL OTHER TRASH OUT OF OUR STORM DRAINS AND WATERWAYS!