stormwaterWhat is Storm Water Runoff?

In open fields, forests, and wetlands, most rain is absorbed by the soil or taken up by plants and trees. In developed areas, rain or snow falls on impermeable roofs, parking lots, streets, and lawns in not absorbed. This precipitation (called storm water or storm water runoff) enters local water bodies through storm sewer systems.

What is Storm Water Pollution?

According to U.S.EPA National Water Quality Inventory, polluted storm water runoff is a leading cause of impairment to U.S. water bodies that do not meet water quality standards – nearly 40 percent of those surveyed. This discharge can destroy fish, wildlife, and aquatic life habitats; lessen aesthetic value; and threaten public with contaminated food, drinking water supplies, and recreational waterways.

Pollution Prevention Tips—

General Information:

· Never allow any chemicals, yard wastes, or any other materials to be washed down or put into storm drains. These drains may bypass the wastewater treatment plant and go directly to lakes or rivers.

· If you must buy an item that is potentially hazardous, be sure to buy only as much as you need, and follow the instructions on the label for proper use, storage, and disposal. Save unused materials for a local household hazardous waste collection event. For more information, contact your local solid waster management district. A district contact list is available at

Or call 614-644-2621

· Use a garage can for trash, and recycle reusable materials. Improperly discarded trash may be carried by runoff into the storm sewer.

· Never allow roof gutters to drain directly to the street or storm sewer. Allow drainage from the roof to flow over your lawn instead.

Auto Maintenance:

· Automobile fluids from leaks or maintenance changes are another source of water pollution. Never put used oil or other chemicals down storm drains or in drainage ditches.

· Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease and antifreeze with kitty litter or other absorbent material. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local streams and lakes.

· Be careful to collect all used oil or antifreeze in a proper container with a tight fitting cap and deliver it to a service recycling center with the oil filter. Call the Ohio Environment Hotline at 1-800-CLEANUP for the nearest collection center for your used automotive fluids or contact your local solid waste management district. #328-4590


· Do not allow liquid paint products and wastes to drain into the gutter, street and storm drains.

· Choose water-based (such as latex) instead of oil-based.

· Save unused paint materials for a local household hazardous waste collection event, or reuse leftover paint whenever possible.


Contact the Ohio EA at 614-644-3469 or

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