When it rains, a portion of the rainwater or stormwater flows over the land into the storm drain and discharges directly to our streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater unlike sewage is not treated before it discharges to the stream. As it travels over land, stormwater comes in contact with many substances. These substances may have a significant impact on the storm drain system and stream water quality. Some of the effects are flooding, clogging, property damage, and endangerment to aquatic life, recreation and drinking water.
The only substance entering the storm drain system should be stormwater!
Examples of Stormwater Pollutants:
Home improvement waste (concrete, mortar, etc.)
Yard waste (leaves, grass, mulch and tree branches)
Excessive dirt and gravel
Pesticides and fertilizers
What Can I Do?
Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly
Repair auto leaks
Use recycling centers for disposal of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.) and batteries
Clean up after your pet
Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on an unpaved surface
Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas; compost or recycle yard waste when possible
If you observe any circumstance occurring in Town that you feel may be detrimental to the environment, please do not hesitate to call the Department of Public Works at 410-638-4536.