What can citizens do to prevent storm water pollution?

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Never dump anything down a storm drain. All storm drains flow directly to creeks and labels.
  • Take used oil, paint and other household hazardous waste to recycling centers
  • Check your car for oil or other leaks.

Yard Waste

  • Sweep up yard debris instead of washing it away.
  • Use a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful gardening product.

Animal Waste

  • Pick up after your pets. 
  • Dispose of animal waste properly in a trash receptacle or flush it down the toilet.

Lawn Care

  • Apply fertilizers and pesticides exactly where you want them. Avoid over spraying them into sidewalks, driveways or streets.
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizers you need to apply by testing the soil in your yard first.

Reducing Runoff

  • Adjunct sprinklers so that you're not watering the street or sidewalk.
  • Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.


  • Replant bare areas to avoid soil erosion.
  • Keep invasive plants from growing in your yard. Remove them before they have a chance to grow and spread.
  • Avoid planting exotic plants. Select only plants that are native to this area.


  • Report spills, dumping or suspected water pollution to the Village.
  • Clear clogged storm drains. Blocked drains cause drainage problems.
  • Participate in community wide clean up days and other events.
  • Alert neighbors to the storm water pollution problem.

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1. What is storm water pollution?
2. How is storm water pollution a problem?
3. What types of pollutants are in storm water pollution?
4. What can citizens do to prevent storm water pollution?