Frequently Asked Questions
What can we do with the detention basin or lake in our subdivision?
Stormwater facilities provide flood control. Annual inspections and maintenance are recommended to ensure they function properly. Native landscaping can help reduce long term maintenance costs and improve water quality. Reducing fertilizer use and installing a fountain or aeration device in lakes can decrease algae.
You can convert common ground into community assets by: 1) replacing turf grass with more aesthetic landscape of native plants; 2) providing trees and native landscaping along lakes to increase property value and provide fish habitat; or 3) turning detention basins into a lakes or wetlands (this requires approval by the City Engineer.) If interested, contact us for assistance.
What does my yard have to do with clean streams?
If lawns were classified as a crop, turf would rank the fifth largest in the country based on acreage. The shear amount of lawns, coupled with how we use them impacts creeks due to runoff. Homeowners use ten times more chemicals per acre than farmers - 67,000,000 lbs. of synthetic pesticides are used on U.S. lawns. In addition, 30-60% of urban fresh water is used for watering lawns. (Source: Borman et al. Redesigning the American Lawn, 2001)
What is prohibited by the Stormwater Pollution Control Ordinance?
Discharges (other than stormwater) such as mud, trash, auto fluids, soap, animal waste, and excessive yard waste are not allowed to get in storm drains or waterways. Connections from indoor sinks and drains are also prohibited. Get answers to common questions in this fact sheet. For details, please refer to the full ordinance.
How should I drain my pool?
Pool water has high concentrations of chlorine that can be toxic to fish and wildlife. It's also illegal to drain pollutants in storm drains or waterways. Here are easy ways you can Properly Discharging Pool Water. Drop by Public Works for free test strips!
Why don't we channelize creeks to prevent flooding?
Creeks naturally meander to distribute energy, slow stormwater and prevent bank erosion. Channelization typically increases flow and prevents flooding in one area. However, with an increase in velocity, the stream compensates by eroding stream banks and depositing sediment in other areas to regain balance and its natural shape. Historically, channelization has caused habitat loss and water quality degradation.