The federal Clean Water Act requires that stormwater discharges from certain types of facilities be authorized under stormwater discharge permits. (See 40 CFR 122.26). The goal of the stormwater permits program is to reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams, lakes and rivers as a result of runoff from residential, commercial and industrial areas.
In Colorado, stormwater discharge permits are issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division. Click here for more information regarding permit issuance.
Understanding YOUR Role in Reducing Stormwater Runoff Pollution
Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or snowmelt flows over the ground on its way to storm drains, drainageways, creeks and lakes. Stormwater picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, pet wastes and other pollutants, and deposits them in water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking.
The Three A's of Stormwater Pollution Control:
- - Be Aware of your part in stormwater runoff
- - Take Action and change habits that can make a difference in our waterways
- - Notice Activities that may adversely affect drainageways, creeks and lakes.
What can you do around the house...
- Pet Care
- At home, bag pet waste and place it in the trash. Pet waste contains harmful bacterial pollutants and nutrients which put our water bodies at risk.
- When walking your pet, pick up and dispose of wastes properly. Utilize the "Pet Station" or "Dogipot" waste disposal systems when they are available.
- Lawn Care
- If you choose to use chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides (remember, there are more environmentally friendly ways to control pests and grow a nice lawn), use them sparingly and follow label directions carefully. NEVER apply chemicals when a heavy rain is forecast. Sweep up excess.
- Keep leaves and grass clippings away from streets, storm drains and drainageways. These added nutrients feed our water bodies and contribute to harmful algae blooms and fish kills.
- Cover piles of dirt or mulch being used in landscape projects to avoid washing these materials into the storm drains. Sweep up work areas prior to anticipate storm events.
- Household Products
- Store and use products according to the label.
- Recycle or properly dispose of used household products.
- Bring old or excess product to a Hazardous Waste Roundup Day.
For additional information please contact Bob Hawbaker at 720-554-4542.