Stormwater pollution from point sources and nonpoint sources
is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage
treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources,
stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere.
Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and
industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and
many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because
stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional
regulatory controls will only go so far. Education and outreach are key
components to any successful stormwater program.
Important Stormwater Documents and Public Service
Announcements 30 Second Public
Service Annoncements Below:
Store and Dispose of Your
VIDEO WILL PLAY AUTOMATICALLY! This Public Service Aunnouncement video has seven 30 second videos
covering topics about: Exposed Soil, Fertilizers, Sewage Leakage, Yucky
Stuff, Excess Farm Fertilizers and Animal Waste. To get more information
on the PSA's visit: http://inyourwater.org
the Storm Brochure [PDF Format] - Provides a broad
overview of stormwater pollution, including runoff from residential and
commercial properties, farms, construction sites, automotive facilities,
forestry operations, and others. EPA
10 simple steps that can have an impact on
dump ANYTHING down storm drains. Oils, chemicals, soaps, etc. pollute our
streams and lakes.
2. Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly and always follow
3. Put litter in its place (trash cans or recycling bins).
4. Pick up after your pet.
5. Sweep driveways (don't spray wash).
6. Collect yard waste and keep it out of storm drains.
Compost! Even grass clippings and excess leaves don't belong in our streams and
7. Use a commercial car wash (they treat and recycle wash
water) or wash vehicles on grassy areas.
8. Recycle used motor oil.
9. Check your car for leaks (and fix them).
10. Have your septic tank inspected every 3 - 5 years
Report an Illegal or Illicit Discharge into Storm
An illegal or illicit discharge is any direct or
indirect non-storm water substance, pollutant, or hazardous material disposed,
deposited, spilled, poured, injected, seeped, dumped, leaked, or placed by any
means, intentionally or unintentionally, into storm sewers, culverts, drainage
ditches, swales, creeks, rivers or any other storm water conveyance system.
Hazardous may include any substance, waste, or combination thereof, which
because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, biological or
infectious characteristics may cause, or significantly contribute to, a
substantial present or potential hazard to human health, safety, property, or
the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of, or
Pollutants may include, but are not limited to:
paints, varnishes, and solvents; oils and other automotive fluids; solid wastes
and yard wastes; refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter, or other discarded or
abandoned objects, and excessive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and
To report an illegal discharge contact Rick King at 606-836-6821
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