Storm drains are the grated openings in the street which collect water from rain and melting snow. They connect your property directly to nearby water bodies. Everything that washes down a storm drain winds up in local lakes, ponds, or wetlands - NOT the wastewater treatment facility.
That’s why residents volunteer their time to stencil storm drains.
What You Can Do:
- Sign up to stencil storm drains in your neighborhood.
- Use zero-phosphorus fertilizer - it’s the law - and follow proper application procedures. Sweep spilled fertilizer off of paved surfaces.
- Avoid pesticides and other lawn chemicals or use them responsibly - keep them off of paved surfaces.
- Keep leaves and grass clippings out of the street - compost or bag them for disposal.
- Keep your vehicle tuned up and clean up any oil leaks or spills from paved surfaces.
- Wash your car at a carwash - not in the driveway or street.
- Pick up pet waste.
- Don’t litter.
- Dispose of paint and other household hazardous waste properly - NEVER down a storm drain!
For more information or to volunteer, please contact the city's Engineering Department at 651-280-6840.