Stormwater Management

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Clean Water - It's Everyone's Business.

The source of our drinking water (rivers and streams) starts at your front door. By keeping litter, chemicals, and yard waste out of street gutters and storm drains, you are preventing stormwater pollution-since these drain directly to a nearby lake, streams, or wetland. Remember: only rain should go down the storm drain.

Make Your Home a Solution to Pollution!

Here are some simple steps to make your piece of the planet a healthier place to live...

Mud & Trash:

- Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and roads instead of using a hose.
- Keep a litter bag in your car; if you smoke, use the ashtray or an empty soda can.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!   

Paint & Chemicals:

- Wash latex paint brushes in the sink or toilet, not in the street or near storm drains.
- Use Recycle Works to get rid of oil, grease, paint, pool chemicals, batteries, and more!
- Pet Waste:  Pick up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the toilet or trash.
- Auto Care:  Soap, salt, mud, and oil can end up in our streams.
- Check for and repair fuel and oil leaks. Clean up spilled auto fluids.
- Go to a car wash or wash your car on the lawn with non-phosphorous, biodegradable soap. (Car washes dispose soapy water in the sanitary sewer.)

Lawn Care:

- Keep yard waste away from storm drains and stream banks where it can cause erosion and pollution.
Mulch grass clippings to reduce the need to bag, water and weed.  Or sign up for yard waste collection by calling (636) 639-2035.
Limit pesticide and fertilizer use; apply only the amount recommended. Try Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce the need for chemicals.
Water Efficient Landscaping
How to Build and Install a Rain Barrel
Rain Gardening for Stormwater Management
Native Landscaping Manual (includes plant suppliers and landscapers)  
Septic Systems - Inspect and pump every 3-5 years so it operates properly.

Save on maintenance costs by replacing turf grass with native plants in common ground areas.
Inspect and maintain detention/retention basins annually.  




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