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What is Stormwater Runoff?

Stormwater runoff is rain and snow that runs off solid surfaces such as parking lots, roads, and roofs and then empties into natural or man-made drainage easements. This untreated water flows to the rivers we use for canoeing, fishing, and other recreational activities. Sources of stormwater pollution include:

  • Oil, grease, metals, and coolants from vehicles
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals from gardens and homes
  • Bacteria from pet wastes and failing septic systems
  • Soil from construction sites and other bare ground
  • Soaps from car or equipment washing
  • Accidental spills, leaky storage containers, and whatever else ends up on the ground

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You can do a lot to help minimize stormwater problems!

8 Great Things You Can Do

  1. Mulch Your Leaves
    Leaves provide much needed nutrients to soil and prevent leaves from entering the storm drains.

  2. Keep Your Storm Drains Clean
    Clean litter and debris from the streets.

  3. Care for Your Car
    Watch your car for leaks. Wash your car over grass instead of pavement.

  4. Use Fertilizer Sparingly
    Too many nutrients in water can cause algae to grow, which uses up the oxygen in the water and can harm aquatic life. Test your soil before applying fertilizer!

  5. Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly
    Visit BOPAE for more information about the free household hazardous waste disposal program through the City of Franklin.

  6. Scoop the Poop
    Pick up after your pet and properly dispose of waste to reduce the pollutants in stormwater runoff.

  7. Prevent Erosion
    Stabilize areas that have exposed soil by applying seed and straw or sod.

  8. Direct Your Downspout
    Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a Rain Garden to capture runoff.

      Please contact us if you or your group is interested in learning more about water pollution, rain gardens, stream cleanups, stream bank restoration or any other education or involvement opportunity.