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City of Franklin Stormwater Education Program Press Enter Key to Advance Screen. What is Stormwater Runoff? Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or snow melt that flows over the ground. As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants.
The storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nations greatest threat to clean water. Polluted stormwater is referred to as nonpoint source pollution.
Stopping pollution at its source will require all of us to make changes! 3 Focus Groups for Change: Citizens Businesses and Industries Construction Companies We Need Your Help ? Homes can be a leading source of pollution. Environmental ethics are easy. Learn about what you can do. Participate in your quality of life.
Pet Care The best place for each of us to begin to prevent stormwater pollution is in our own home and in our own backyard! Pick up pet waste regularly and dispose of it properly. Leaving pet waste on the ground increase public health risks. Can result in E. coli levels in streams or ponds.
Direct runoff to retention ponds a concern to HOAs today. Household Keep household wastes out of storm sewers. Use phosphorus free dishwasher detergents. Dont flush old medications down the drain. Take them to a drug collection facility.
Vehicle and Garage Use a car wash or wash your car with biodegradable soap on a lawn or unpaved surface. Inspect and maintain your car, boat, motorcycle and lawnmowers for leaks of oil, antifreeze and other fluids. Do not dump automotive fluids into the storm drain! Use oil dry or kitty litter to clean
up leaks and spills. (Utilize proper disposal.) Reduce automobile use by carpooling, riding the bus or by walking. Lawn and Garden Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Use phosphorus free lawn fertilizers. Check soil nutrient levels before application. Why a concern to HOAs?
Maintenance costs! Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain. Select native plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Do not blow or rake leaves into the street, gutter or storm drains. Dont over water your lawn. Water during the cool times of the day.
Cover piles of dirt and mulch being used in landscaping projects to prevent pollutants from blowing or washing away. Use straw bales or silt fence when doing major construction on landscaping projects to prevent sediment flow into ponds or conveyances. Rain barrels can collect rainwater from rooftops in mosquito-proof containers. Rain gardens and grassy
swales provide natural places for rainwater to collect and soak into the ground. Vegetate bare spots in your yard to prevent soil erosion. Vegetated filter strips trap the pollutants as it flows across driveways and streets. Septic Systems Inspect and maintain your septic drain field (every 3
years) and have your septic tank pumped as necessary (every 3-5 years). Care for the septic system drain field by not driving or parking vehicles on it. Flush responsibility! Do not flush chemicals, diapers, paper towels or cat litter. Home Repair & Improvement Use hazardous substances like paints, solvents, and cleaners in the smallest amounts possible, and follow the direction on the label.
Clean spills immediately, and dispose of the waste safely. Store substances properly to avoid leaks and spills. Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Filter and reuse paint thinner when using oil-based paints. Swimming Pool and Spa Drain your swimming pool only when a test kit does not detect chlorine levels. Dont
add chemicals or disinfectants for one week prior to draining. Whenever possible, drain your pool or spa into the sanitary sewer system or onto your lawn but never directly into a storm drain conveyance or into a pond. Filter backwash should drain into the sanitary sewer system. Properly store pool and spa chemicals in a covered area to prevent leaks and spills.
Wildlife Have a Geese Problem? A 10lb goose = 4 pounds of nitrate & phosphate rich feces every day. Adopt a no feeding policy. Implement habitat modification strategy to discourage future use. Geese love nicely groomed lawns adjacent to ponds. c
Contact Indiana DNR regarding egg and nest destruction. Implement daily goose harassment techniques (legal) must be non-lethal and they are not to be touched or handled by you or a dog. Destroy and remove evidence of nest building attempts nuntil egg laying begins. Against federal law to destroy
a nest with one or more eggs. This is the big deal! Uncontrolled algae growth because of nutrient loading. Low DO (Dissolved Oxygen) = fish kill = unpleasant odor. Commercial Sweep up litter from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots,
especially around storm drains. Cover grease storage and dumpsters and keep them clean to avoid leaks. Dont wash grease filters or dump mop water onto paved lots or near storm conveyances. (Rain events can carry the pollutants in runoff directly to storm drains.) Keep spill kits on site. Have an emergency response plan report any major chemical spill to local hazardous response and clean up teams.
Automotive Facilities Provide cover over fueling stations and design or retrofit for spill containment. Have spill kits clean up spills immediately and properly dispose of cleanup materials. Install and maintain oil/water separators. When power washing paved surfaces prevent pollutant runoff from entering storm drains.
Construction Have a construction plan that includes an erosion & pollution prevention plan. Implement a construction sequence plan and schedule applicable to existing weather conditions. Vegetate areas not activity work or completed. Install silt fences, and other sediment and erosion controls prior to construction and have a maintenance review program. Establish a construction entrance, staging/refueling area, washout facility and a covered
dumpster. Have spill kits at refueling sites. Agriculture Keep livestock away from steam banks and provide a water source away from waterbodies. Rotate animal grazing to prevent soil erosion in fields. Apply fertilizers and pesticides according to label instructions. Forestry
Improperly managed logging operations can result in erosion and sedimentation. Conduct pre-harvest planning to prevent erosion. Expedite re-vegetation of cleared areas. More Things You Can Do To Prevent Pollution Remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle all materials whenever possible. Talk to your neighbors about what you are doing. Volunteer to stencil a storm drain or adopt a stream.
If you would like more information, contact: City of Franklin Stormwater Utility 317-736-3640 Richard DeWitt, CISEC, CMS4S 317-346-1280 Questions?
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