Common nonpoint Source pollutants such as oil, grease, salt from roadways, pesticides in grass clippings, sediment from construction sites, car detergent, pet waste, cigarette butts, paper wrappers and plastic bottles, impair waterways – discouraging recreational use, contaminating drinking water supplies and interfering with habitat for fish, other aquatic organisms and wildlife.
There are many things you can do to make a difference in your community! Have you ever considered planting a rain garden or installing a rain barrel to catch stormwater run-off? Do you sweep up your yard debris after mowing or raking your leaves? Do you pick up after your pet? Do you follow best management practices when pressure washing something or surface cleaning? Do you use phosphate free detergents when washing your car? Do you dispose of your used cigarette butts in a proper container? Do you dispose of used oils and paints at a local recycling center?
Throughout your day you may come across any of these situations and ask yourself such questions. Stormwater Pollution happens everyday, especially when it rains! It’s important for us to educate each other and look after what goes in our water. A lot of people don’t realize that stormwater run-off goes from our storm drains untreated to our White River. It’s up to us to do our best to keep pollutants out of our stormdrains. You can help make a difference.