Clean Water Starts With You..
WHAT IS STORMWATER RUNOFF?
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snow flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, roofs, sidewalks, and streets prevent Stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. The water picks up waste, bacteria, fertilizer, pesticides, oil and automotive fluids, generating polluted Stormwater runoff.
WHERE DOES STORMWATER GO?
Stormwater is directed to catch basins and ditches then flows to streams, rivers and lakes such as Clinch River and Melton Hill Lake in our area. Unfortunately, runoff is not treated before it enters these waterways.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
The water you drink is affected by Stormwater. Waterbodies which receive polluted runoff are often used for swimming, fishing and boating. Pollutants degrade water quality.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE STORMWATER POLLUTION?
Throw trash in a waste receptacle
Properly dispose of oil & hazardous waste
Never dump waste into a catch basin
Reduce use of pesticides of fertilizers
Pick up after pets
Do not place grass clippings in the street
Protect exposed soil from erosion
Call 865-259-1181 for more information
CLICK HERE to download this Citizen's Guide to Stormwater Pollution