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.
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.
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: