What can I do to make a difference?
You can make a huge difference in stormwater quality simply by changing a few practices at home.
  1. Wash your car at a commercial car wash or on the lawn.

  2. Mulch grass clippings into your lawn or begin composting your organic waste.

  3. Sweep dirt onto the lawn and pick up any litter you find.

  4. Pick up your pet waste and flush it in the toilet or dispose of it in the trash.

  5. When fertilizing, follow instructions, sweep up any excess and avoid fertilizing before it rains.

  6. Take leftover household chemicals such as oil, paint, antifreeze, cleaners, pesticides and herbicides to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 6245 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

Show All Answers

1. Isn't stormwater runoff natural and harmless because it only consists of rainwater?
2. Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
3. What solutions exist to solve stormwater problems?
4. What kinds of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?
5. What is NPDES?
6. Why doesn't the city build a stormwater treatment facility?
7. What is the City of Manhattan doing about illegal dumping into storm drains?
8. I have seen markers on storm drains. What do they mean?
9. Is it OK to wash my car in my driveway?
10. Is it OK to wash or sweep leaves, grass, soil and/or other natural elements down the storm drain?
11. Is it OK to wash out my paintbrushes or similar items in the gutter?
12. Is it OK to leave pet waste on the ground?
13. Why should I care about what goes down the storm drain?
14. What can I do to make a difference?
15. What happens if I see someone dumping trash, oil, etc., into a storm drain?