City Storm Drains, Pollutants & Flooding
Stormwater Mitigation: Storm Drains
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, 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.
Simple Steps for Storm Drain Flood and Pollution Prevention
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. Please keep debris, yard waste, trash and chemicals away from storm drains.
More ways to help prevent pollution:
- Properly dispose of Waste such as motor oil. Don’t put it down the storm drain. For disposal info call Sanitation at 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.
- Don’t Flick Your Butt. Cigarette Butts pollute our waterways, roadways and carry harmful chemicals. Please extinguish and dispose of them properly in the trash.
- 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
For Volunteer opportunities, please call Habitat Protection at 910 938-5273 or the Stormwater Manager at 910 938-6446.