As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a lake, stream, river, or wetland. Anything that enters a storm water system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners, can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of storm water. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal water. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!
Storm water drains connect to water bodies! Remember don’t put anything in the storm water drain that you wouldn’t want in your drinking water!