Stormwater is an environmental concern because it can contain or pick up contaminants which are then transferred to the surface or ground water. Certain contaminants can degrade the quality of the surface water so much that the health of plants and animals within and surrounding the water body are affected.
Stormwater runoff does not go to a wastewater treatment plant. It flows directly into our lakes and rivers. There are many ways you can reduce polluted runoff:
- Keep trash, leaves, and grass clippings off streets and out of storm drains, streams, and lakes.
- Keep cars tuned up and repair leaks.
- Properly dispose of hazardous wastes.
- Don't pour oil, pesticides, paint, or other materials down the storm drain.
- Minimize the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and de-icing materials.
- Test your soil and use zero phosphate fertilizer if possible.
- Pick up and bury or flush pet wastes.
- Wash your car on the lawn or use a commercial carwash.
For more information you can visit the MPCA's Stormwater website or call the MPCA Customer Assistance Center at (651) 297-2274 or (800) 646-6247.