What You Can Do to Help
City residents can help manage stormwater by trying some of these suggestions:
- Report when you see a spill or an illicit discharge.
- Properly dispose of any household hazardous waste you may have at home.
- Don't dump anything down storm drains.
- Don't throw litter (paper, cans, and cigarette butts) into the street.
- Don’t wash your car at home – use a commercial car wash which use water more efficiently and dispose of it properly, OR Wash the car on the grass where the water can soak into the ground.
- Wash tools and toys over a grass or dirt area so the water can soak into the ground.
- Try using natural solutions instead of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
- Compost grass, leaves, branches, and other yard waste.
- Clean up pet waste and put it in the trash.
- If you do your own auto repairs and drain or fill automobile fluids, make sure you catch and dispose of them properly.
- Use salt sparingly during the winter.
- Educate your children – don't let them throw things down the storm drains.
- Educate your parents – don’t let them pour things down the storm drains.
- Plant a rain garden.
- Make and install a rain barrel.