The leading cause of pollution to our lakes, stream and rivers comes from contaminated stormwater runoff. Every time it rains or the snow melts, pollutants on the land can get washed into nearby storm drains. These drains empty into the nearest waterway without any prior treatment. Polluted stormwater runoff can decrease the quality of our lakes, streams and rivers for things like fishing, swimming and boating. Common pollutants on the land may include sediment, grease/oil, road salt, excess nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen and harmful pathogens and bacteria.
We all play a part in protecting our waterways from pollution, including businesses such as commercial and industrial properties, as well as institutions such as schools, churches and universities. Below are informational flyers to learn about simple steps you can take for a particular sector to help keep our waterways clean.
Remember, “Only Rain in the Drain!”