What is Stormwater?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines stormwater as a runoff generated when precipitation from rain and snow melt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. The primary method to control stormwater discharges is the use of best management practices (BMPs).
You Can Help the Village Maintain Safe Stormwater!
Would you go to the beach and dump a gallon of oil or paint in to the water? How about a shovel full of dog poop? Well if you dump waste oil, paint, pet waste into the storm drain by your home you are doing the same thing. What goes into the storm drain by your house goes directly into the local ponds and streams; it does not go to a treatment plant.
Call the Public Works Department for information on where to dispose of waste oil and paint, and clean up after your pet.