Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Stormwater runoff is water that runs off or flows over the ground after a rainstorm.  This water picks up debris, chemicals, soil, yard waste, fertilizer, motor oil and other pollutants.

Storm water is carried into retention ponds or directly into local waterways through storm drains that eventually reach our major lakes and rivers.


Examples of pollutants that threaten our waterways:
  • Lawn Clippings
  • Motor Oil, Grease and Gasoline
  • Pet Waste
  • Fertilizers
  • Chemicals
  • Paints
  • Engine Coolant and Automotive Products
  • Solvents and Degreasers
Stormwater Discharge

What Can You Do

Below is a list of items you can do to help reduce stormwater pollution:
  • Clean up after your pets.
  • Use slow release fertilizers and herbicides.  Do not apply fertilizers near waterways or paved surfaces.
  • Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids.
  • Dispose of unwanted hazardous household chemicals properly.  Take them to a hazardous waste drop off location.
  • Keep stormwater curbs, swales and drains free of debris and trash.
  • Wash your car on grassy surfaces rather than on the driveway.
  • Clean up spilled fluids with kitty litter or sand.  Don't rinse the spills into a nearby storm drain.
  • Bag your grass clippings from your driveway, sidewalk and street.
  • Clean paintbrushes in a sink, not outdoors.


Please fill out the stormwater pollution form to report any incidents or stormwater pollution.