Clean Water Starts With You

Everyday in many ways, we all contribute to the growing problem of pollution. On this website, we want you to be informed about storm water pollution prevention.  We depend on clean water; not only does it provide a home for plants and animals, and drinking water for people, it also provides recreation, tourism and job opportunities. Many of us don’t realize how our daily activities affect the water quality in our local fresh water bodies.

Did you know?

  • If you live in an area with storm drains…when you wash your car, the soapy water and debris can run off your driveway into a storm drain that empties into local waterways.
  • If you are a boater…the dumping of sewage, leaking fuel and oil and toxic cleaning products can threaten water quality, especially near the shoreline.
  • If you maintain your own vehicle…vehicle drips and leaks (oil, grease, gasoline, antifreeze, brake fluid) are common contributions to storm water pollution.
  • If you do your own lawn care and maintenance…overuse of lawn fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides can be a main source of water pollution (organic litter).
  • If you don’t pick up after your pet…pet wastes dropped in the storm drain, allows harmful bacteria and viruses into our waterways.
  • If you don’t correctly dispose of paints, solvents, cleaning fluids, etc…these substances can be very toxic to all living things.
  • Less that 1% of the water on the earth…can actually be used by human beings.
  • Most water pollution is preventable…it’s time to clean up our act.

Facts:

  • Storm water pollution is the #1 source of water pollution in the United States.
  • Water is the most common substance found on earth
  • In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less that a week in the atmosphere.
  • 80% of the earth’s surface is water.
  • 97% of the earth’s water is contained in oceans and seas.
  • No new water is being created; the only water we will ever have is what we have now.