Stormwater Pollution Prevention

As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants.  Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a stream, wetland, river, lake, or coastal water.  Anythng that enters a storm sewer system is discharged unfiltered and untreated into water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and for drinking water.

Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water.  It is illegal to discharge or dump litter, grass clippings, yard waste, pet waste, car wash fluid, septic tank waste matter, automotive and household hazardous waste into a storm drain or ditch.

Anything thrown or washed into a storm drain goes directly to a stream or river exactly the way it was when it was tossed in.  Help protect Ohio's water resources!

Don't Litter - Be sure not to dump paper, wrappers, cigarette butts, or other small items on the ground.  These can be carried by storm water straight into rivers and lakes.

Take Your Car to a Car Wash - While washing your vehicle yourself may save a bit of money, the soaps and wax you use is washed down the storm drain and into the streams and rivers.  Car washes dispose of the waste water and pollutants properly.

Make Sure Your Car is Serviced Regularly - By ensuring that your car is in good conditon, you will reduce the possibility of leaking fluids that are potential pollutants.

Dispose of Pet Waste - Pet waste is a major contributor of dangerous bacteria that can lead to harmful algae and plant growth in streams and rivers.  Pick-up pet waste and dispose by flushing it.  This ensures proper treatment by the local treatment centers.

Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Properly - Paint, vehicle fluids, solvents, and batteries should never be poured down the drain.

Limit Use of Presticides and Lawn Fertilizers for Lawn Care - Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, in the recommended amounts and not in areas adjacent to streams or creeks.  Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain; otherwise, chemicals will be washed into your local stream.  Sweep up yard debris, rather than hosing down the drain.  Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.  Don't over water your lawn or let water runoff into the strom drain.