Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants.  Stormwater then flows into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.  Anything that enters our storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.  It does not go to the water treatment facility.  Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.  By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater.  Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters.  

Ways to Help Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution:

  • Conserve Water by stopping faucet drips
  • Never dump anything down storm drains
  • Pick up after your pet
  • Sweep up driveways and sidewalks
  • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly
  • Plant gardens in bare spots
  • Direct rooftop runoff to grass or gardens
  • Check cars for leaks
  • Wash cars at the car wash
  • Compost your yard and organic wastes 
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