Storm Drain Program

Stormwater Drains to the New River

Storm drain inlets in your neighborhood have been marked with a special marker to remind everyone that what goes down their inlet eventually ends up in the New River.

A common misconception is that stormwater flows to our waste water treatment facility and is treated. All stormwater actually flows from the impervious surfaces into a storm drainage system and into local ditches, creeks, streams, and ultimately the New River. An impervious surface is one that water cannot seep through like a building structure, driveway, or patio.

This Drains to the New River

Pollutants get collected when it rains and stormwater washes over streets, driveways, and yards. Motor oil from cars, yard clippings, pet waste, litter, and lawn chemicals including fertilizer are among some of the pollutants that get picked up. All of this eventually washes into our storm drains, which goes into the New River.

Together We Can Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Remember that there is no treatment system connected to storm drains, they go directly into the waterway. They may go to a stream nearby that you enjoy or right into the New River.

Ways you can help prevent pollution:

  • Properly dispose of waste such as motor oil. Don’t put it down the storm drain. For disposal information, call sanitation at 910 938-5338.
  • Use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides sparingly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not apply before an expected drain event.
  • Keep yard waste, trash, and dirt off the street and out of the gutters. Don’t let it wash into waterways where it will clog the flow. It may even cause flooding!
  • Clean up after your pets. Don’t let runoff from pet waste get into waterways.
  • Wash your car at a car wash, or on the grass. Don’t wash your car on the driveway where the wash water runs into the street.
  • Tell others what you have learned.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Habitat Protection
    Phone: 910 938-5273
  • Stormwater
    Phone: 910 938-6446