Only Rain Down Longwoods Drain
Many people mistakenly believe storm drain inlets empty to water treatment facilities, so they pour chemicals or sweep debris directly into storm drains. This dumping greatly increases the level of nonpoint source pollutants (leaves, soil, litter, fertilizers, pesticides, and street residues) already present in urban storm water runoff and can contribute substantially to a decline in water quality. In developed areas, the most common route for nonpoint source pollutants is the network of storm drains that carry excess rain water away from streets and directly into waterways.
The Sustainability Office has been working to reduce nonpoint source
pollution by labeling storm drain inlets. Look for our storm drain markers and remember not to dump anything into the drains!
What You Can Do
- Never dispose of anything down a storm drain!
- Never throw trash on the street and pick up litter when you see it
- Place any cigarette butts in marked containers
- Clean up after your pets and discard their waste in trash cans
- Keep your car properly maintained so it doesn’t leak oil or other toxic fluids
- Use fertilizer sparingly and never apply it before a rainstorm
- Tell your friends about the harmful effects of storm drain pollution