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Storm Water Prevention

Storm Drain Event 2013

Great turnout for the 2013 Storm Drain Event.

Storm Drain Event Link

Earth Day 2013

Sheldon is the name chosen for the Turtle Creek Turtle!

Earth Day Link

WHAT IS STORMWATER RUNOFF?

Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain of snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground.

WHY IS STORMWATER RUNOFF A PROBLEM?

Storm water can pickup debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system, directly to a lake, stream, river, or wetland. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

The Effects of Pollution

Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.

  • Sediment can cloud water.
  • Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms.
  • Bacteria and other pathogens can wash into swimming areas.
  • Debris-plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts-washed into waterways can choke, suffocate, or disable fish, turtles, ducks and water fowl.

How You Can Help

Everyone can help make a difference.  Here are some things that you can do to make an impact.

  • Recycle motor oil. Maintain your car to prevent leaks. Do not use our storm drains to dispose of any liquid waste. Minimize use of fertilizers, pesticides & herbicides.
  • Wash your car at the car wash or on the lawn instead of the driveway. During landscaping cover bare soil with mulch or hay and plant as soon as possible.
  • Use organic rather than synthetic fertilizers.
  • Place rocks or shrubs across a slope to interrupt water as it flows downhill.
  • Carry a litter bag in your car to collect waste for disposal into a proper container.
  • Do not empty ashtray’s in a parking lot.
  • Dispose of cigarette butts in proper containers.
  • Pick up refuse you see on the ground and dispose of it into a proper container.
  • Inform authorities if you see a problem with waste so the problem can be resolved.