Storm drains transport water directly to water bodies in our area, including local streams and brooks, the Neponset River, and eventually, the Atlantic Ocean. Developing land directly changes the patterns in water flow. Roads, buildings, and parking lots prevent rain from soaking into the soil. Instead, water flows into storm drains, picking up pollutants along its way. Every Milton resident can help reduce stormwater pollution. It's as easy as following these tips - you might even find that you're doing it already!
- Pick up your pet waste in the yard. After scooping, pet waste should be placed directly in a trash can or special receptacle for pet waste. Pet waste should never be thrown in a storm drain.
- Don't dump hazardous waste, trash, or yard waste in catch basins.
- Check for leaks in your vehicle, and dispose of used oil and other car fluids as hazardous waste.
- Choose green chemicals if you need to use pesticides or herbicides. Look for low-phosphate chemicals to help prevent harm to aquatic species. You can have a great lawn, save money AND protect local waterways!
- Reduce your impervious surface by choosing alternative paving materials or creating a rain garden on your property.
- Keep storm drains clear by raking leaves and debris out of them following a storm.
To see how pollution from our activities reaches the storm sewer, and then our water bodies, follow this link.
Image courtesy of Sioux City, Iowa.