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FAQs - Storm Water Pollution
What is storm water pollution?
Anything that gets in the path of a raindrop becomes storm water pollution. Another name for the storm water pollution is non-point source pollution.
How is storm water pollution a problem?
Every time it rains, storm water is carried directly to our surface water. That means that storm water pollution can have detrimental effects to creeks, lakes, ponds, rivers and the oceans into which it drains.
What types of pollutants are in storm water pollution?
Storm water can carry sediment, trash, automotive fluids like used oil and antifreeze, grass clippings, leaves, yard waste, excess fertilizers, animal waste, pesticides and anything else that gets in its way.
What can citizens do to prevent storm water pollution?
There are several things citizens can do to prevent storm water pollution.
Household Hazardous Waste
- Never dump anything down a storm drain. All storm drains flow directly to creeks and lakes.
- Take used oil, paint and other household hazardous waste to recycling centers.
- Check your car for oil or other leaks.
- Pick up after your pets. Dispose of animal waste properly in a trash receptacle or flush it down the toilet.
- Apply fertilizers and pesticides exactly where you want them. Avoid over-spraying them onto sidewalks, driveways or streets.
- Reduce the amount of fertilizers you need to apply by testing the soil in your yard first.
- Adjust sprinklers so that you're not watering the street or sidewalk.
- Redirect roof gutters to lawns, natural areas or rain gardens.
- Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it on the driveway.
Geese and other Waterfowl
Droppings from geese and ducks can be a significant source of pathogens that pollute our waterways.
- Don't feed geese and ducks; it encourages them to remain and become full-time residents and create a nuisance.
- Feeding them bread and popcorn is unhealthy for the birds.
- Feeding concentrates geese and leads to human/geese conflicts.
- Sweep up yard debris instead of washing it away.
- Bundle yard waste at the curb for pick-up.
- Blow leaves and grass clippings back into your yard instead of leaving them in the street to wash down the storm drain.
- Use a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful gardening product.
- Replant bare areas to avoid soil erosion.
- Keep invasive plants from drowning in your yard. Remove them before they have a chance to grow and spread.
- Avoid planting exotic plants. Select only plants that are native to this area.
- Report spills, dumping or suspected water pollution to the Village.
- Clear clogged storm drains. Blocked drains cause drainage problems.
- Participate in community-wide clean up days and other events.
- Alert neighbors to the storm water pollution problem.
Your Septic System
- Overflowing septic systems can result in pathogen pollution.