As we know, all commercial and industrial interests need to have a stormwater management plan to mitigate the impact of stormwater runoff from their premises. But there is a lot individuals can do too, to play their own part in reducing the impact of stormwater pollution, right in their own back yard.
Any rainfall or snow melt that doesn’t soak into the ground will create stormwater. This flows from rooftops, over bare soil and paved areas, and down sloping lawns. It collects salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, grease, animal waste, litter, soil, and many other pollutants as it flows.
Storm sewer systems are not the same as sanitary sewer systems. Water that flows down household sinks and drains flows directly to a septic system or a wastewater treatment plant. When rain and snow melt wash pollutants into drains, it is untreated and enters streams, rivers, and other waterways, and as a result they degrade the environment. Algae can overgrow, toxins can kill aquatic life and diminish water quality, and waterways can become unsafe for humans and animals to wade, swim, or drink from. Even fish can be contaminated and become unsuitable for human or animal consumption.
Having a stormwater management plan is an important part of reducing these negative impacts.
How can YOU help prevent stormwater pollution?
- Never dump anything down a storm drain, including leaves.
- Position your car over your lawn or gravel for washing.
- Choose bricks, permeable pavers, cobblestones, or gravel in preference to concrete or asphalt.
- Fix fluid leaks in your car and always clean up spills.
- Minimize salt used for ice melt.
- Collect roof runoff in a rain barrel and use it to water your lawns.
- Plant native plants and grasses. These will require less watering.
- Don’t overwater your lawn or garden.
- Choose organic alternatives to fertilizers.
- Avoid applying garden or lawn chemicals if rain is forecast.
- Minimize weed growth by mowing your lawn a little less often. This will also require less watering.
- Sweep driveways, paths, and sidewalks rather than hosing them down.
- Clean up waste from pets and dispose of it bagged in the trash.
- Never drain your swimming pool, water feature, or spa into a storm drain.
- Maintain your septic sewer system.
If everyone did a little to help minimize stormwater pollution, the environment would be much healthier and much more pleasant for future generations.
Contact CloudCompli to learn more.