Dumping Into Storm Drains. Storm drains lead straight to our creeks and rivers. Nothing should ever be dumped down storm drains.
Algae killer in local ponds can contaminate surface waters. Read all labels on chemicals carefully and consult a professional before applying any chemicals to ponds or basins holding water.
Dumpster juice from leaking dumpsters poses a health threat to local waterways. Never dispose of liquids in dumpsters, and place dumpsters on or near grassed areas to absorb any leakages.
Leaking grease bin outside of local restaurant. Dispose of waste grease on a regular basis and maintain or replace compromised bins to avoid water quality and / or health department violations.
Sanitary sewer overflow, caused by excess stormwater entering into the sewer system via failing infrastructure. Utilities are constantly updating and repairing infrastructure to limit these discharges.
An illicit discharge is any discharge to the stormwater system that is not composed entirely of stormwater.
Why is an Illicit Discharge bad for water quality?
Non-stormwater discharges into our storm drain system enter directly into streams and rivers.
Storm drains do not lead to wastewater treatment facilities. They lead directly to the nearest stream or water body.
Am I causing stormwater pollution at home?
Many seemingly harmless household activities, such as dumping yard waste, draining swimming pools or household waste water from washing machines, dishwashers and water softening devices into ditches, storm drains and sidewalk grates are also classified as illicit discharges. These activities can and do cause severe problems in our waterways.