Dayton’s stormwater management system is utilized to reduce the effects of pollution on the natural environment. Stormwater is diverted to specific areas throughout the City in order to allow that stormwater to properly filter before entering back into the public water ways.
Effects of Polluted Storm Water
- Cloudy water deteriorates habitat for fish and plants
- Nutrients promote algae growth, which crowds out other aquatic life
- Toxic chemicals threaten the health of fish and aquatic life
- Bacteria and parasites from waste make the lakes or bodies of water unsafe for wading and swimming
How you can help:
Clean Up After Yourself!
This is the easiest thing you can do. Any form of littering pollutes the environment.
Wash your car in your lawn with no-phosphorous soap. This keeps the soap out of the storm drains, and doubles up as watering your lawn.
Be sure to properly dispose of unused chemicals and old motor oil. These are bad for the environment and should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste collection site.
Create a Rainwater Garden
If you have a low spot on your property try planting water loving plants in that location. this will help filter unsafe chemicals from the ground water. More information of rainwater gardens can be found on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Direct downspouts away from your house to prevent water problems in your basement. Also, direct them onto your lawn. This will prevent excess stormwater from overburdening the City’s stormwater management system. You may also direct the downspouts into rain barrels, which could then be used later around your yard and landscaping.
For further information on how you can help protect our natural environment please visit http://www.epa.gov/. Here you will be able to research a number of items to become more educated on pollution control measures.
Scoop the Poop
Pet waste doesn’t just decompose and disappear. It contains harmful bacteria and pathogens and when left out it gets carried to lakes, creeks and rivers by rain water and snow melt. Help do your part by picking up after your pets and keep our waters safe for recreation.
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