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The City offers this page as an educational resource portal for businesses, developers, and residents, in the effort to increase awareness and access to information. We hope that you find it useful, and welcome your feedback on its content, in an effort to improve our service to the community.

Many of our daily activities have the potential to cause stormwater pollution. Key activities, their associated pollutants and remedies to prevent pollution include:

  • Automotive care – activities such as changing the oil and car washing can be a source of oil and grease and phosphates.
  • Household care – paint rinse water, common household chemicals, and draining pool water can be a source of toxic chemicals and chlorine.
  • Lawn and garden care – over watering and over fertilizing and use of pesticides can be a source of excess nutrients and toxic chemicals.
  • Green wastes - can be a source of bacteria, excess nutrients and excessive dissolved oxygen demand becoming potentially hazardous to existing wildlife.
  • Animal care – pet waste can be a source of bacteria in water also becoming potentially hazardous to existing wildlife.
  • Trash disposal – improper disposal of yard waste and hazardous materials (such as batteries) can deplete waterbodies of dissolved oxygen and be a source of toxic chemicals.
  • Use of non-recyclable products – where possible limit the use of non-recyclable products such as plastics. Plastics do not biodegrade. They bond with toxic chemicals already existing in the environment. Plastics facilitate toxic chemicals entering into the food chain. These chemicals increase in concentration up the food chain.”