Storm Water Pollution Prevention

In a city so rich in water resources, it seems appropriate to discuss the City’s storm water system and how each of us can help reduce the amount of pollution that enters area lakes and streams.  The storm sewer consists of curbs, drain pipes, tile, and catch basins in the streets intended to carry large amounts of surface runoff.  Many people mistakenly believe that the storm water flows to the waste water treatment plant; however, a vast majority of the storm water flows directly or indirectly into regional wetlands, ponds, lakes, and streams.  Therefore, any debris (grass clippings, pet waste, chemicals, etc.) that makes it into the storm drains ends up polluting our water resources.

Annual Meeting:

The City holds an annual public meeting to discuss storm water-related items.  Citizens and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide input into the City’s various programs and pollution-reduction strategies.


Storm Water TIP of the Month:

Please do not blow grass clippings and other yard waste into the streets. Not only is it illegal, but it fills the City’s storm water system with sediment and nutrients (City Ordinance 91.37(c)(2)).