What is storm water pollution?

Stormwater pollution is the sediment, bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides, automotive fluids, and other materials that are washed from surfaces such as parking lots, roads, roofs, and construction sites during a rain storm or snow melt. The gutters, storm drains, pipes, ditches, and outfalls that comprise the stormwater system transport these pollutants to the nearest waterway. In many cases, stormwater runoff is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant.

Pollutants in urban runoff

  1. Sediment
  2. Nutrients
  3. Bacteria
  4. Oxygen demanding substances
  5. Pathogens

The Solution to stormwater pollution:

There are many ways you can help:

  1. Never dump anything into a storm drain
  2. Use fertilizers only when needed
  3. Reduce the use of pesticides
  4. Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
  5. Clean up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash