What We Do / What You Can Do

What We Do

 Out in the Field:

  • Storm Sewer System Maintenance
  • Pollution in Storm Water Runoff
  • Storm Water Facilities
  • Detection of Illicit Discharge

In the Community:

  • Public Education
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Storm Water Programs
  • Storm Water Ordinance
  • Erosion Control Ordinance

Report It!

If you see a company or resident dumping an “illicit discharge down an inlet (catch basin), in a ditch, etc. please report it by calling (920) 448-3100. Provide as much information as possible (license plate of car, what they appear to be dumping, etc.) and the City will investigate the situation.

What You Can Do

  1. Don’t Litter – Put litter in a trash can and recycle when possible.
  2. Clean up Pet Waste – Pick it up and dispose of such wastes in a sanitary manner, like flushing down the toilet.
  3. Properly Manage Yard Waste – Grass clippings, leaves, garden debris, and other yard waste should be reused as mulch or put in a compost pile. Throughout the year, these materials can be taken to the City of Green Bay’s yard waste centers, for more information please visit the Yard Waste/Brush website page.
  4. Properly Use Fertilizers and Other Lawn Chemicals – Apply fertilizers and other lawn chemicals in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or use a natural alternative.
  5. Minimize Salt Use – During winter months, use salt and other de-icing materials sparingly on sidewalks and driveways.
  6. Keep Car Wash Water Out of the Storm Sewers – Wash your car in a location where the water will soak into grass or take it to a commercial facility for washing.
  7. Recycle Waste Motor Oil & Used Antifreeze – Deliver waste motor oil and used antifreeze to the City of Green Bay Waste Oil Drop-Off Sites for proper recycling. Please see more information under “WASTE OIL DROP OFF” on the Public Works’ Sanitation Website.
  8. Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste – Pesticides, paints, solvents, and other chemicals should be taken to the Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Facility through their Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
  9. Watch for “Dirty” Construction Sites – Make sure construction sites in your neighborhood are keeping dirt out of the storm drains. If you see a lot of mud or dirty water flowing from a construction site into a storm drain, please contact City of Green Bay’s Inspection Department at 448-3300 or report it using their website page.
  10. Install a Rain Garden or Rain Barrel – Using a barrel to catch the water flowing from gutters is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to divert water from the sewer system. Furthermore, rain barrels help conserve water and reduce demand at water and wastewater treatment facilities. Rain barrels can help reduce this demand by collecting water and storing it until you need it most: during periods of drought. Rain barrels provide a good supply of free “soft water” to residential and commercial areas. Rainwater contains no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for grass, flower beds, and car and window washing.