Stormwater Runoff: When Our Water Quality,
Depends on Your Action
Does your favorite lake smell? Are you sick of fishing fails from bad fish populations? Look no further for help than your own yard!
What is runoff?
When it rains, water that does not soak into the ground becomes runoff.
This runoff collects pollutants from our properties such as vehicle residues, lawn fertilizers, property remodeling, and pet feces, and drains into our stormwater system.
Where does runoff go?
The polluted runoff is NOT treated after it goes into street drains and goes straight to our rivers and lakes, impacting our drinking water, swimming, fishing, and can turn our waters into a stinky, brown-green mess.
How can we keep our waters healthier?
Residents can make a huge impact on the local waters they use and drink just by being aware of what’s coming off of their yard!
- Be aware of waste and liquids left in the yard and drive-way
- Strive to incorporate runoff-reducing activities and structures
⇒ Example Activities - collecting grass clippings and leaves, cleaning up pet feces from yard, regularly cleaning gutters
⇒Example Structures - install rain gardens or rain barrels, use pavers instead of concrete slabs or asphalt, leave buffers around water bodies
2018 Stormsewer Rates are:
$4.58 monthly unit service charge
Keep a lookout for illicit discharge!
Do you see something suspicious being sent down our storm drains? Nothing other than rain water should be going into City storm drains, anything else could be illicit discharge! Please report if you see anyone dumping down drains, or if you see suspicious colors, smells, or materials getting into or coming out of drains! Reports can be made here, or call: 763-689-1800.
For more information and common FAQs on Illicit Discharge, watch the video below:
Take Action Against Illicit Discharge