When it rains, a portion of the rainwater or stormwater flows over the land into the storm drain and discharges directly to our streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay
. Stormwater unlike sewage is not treated before it discharges to the stream. As it travels over land, stormwater comes in contact with many substances. These substances may have a significant impact on the storm drain system and stream water quality. Some of the effects are flooding, clogging, property damage, and endangerment to aquatic life, recreation and drinking water.
The only substance entering the storm drain system should be stormwater!
Examples of Stormwater Pollutants:
What Can I Do?
- Motor oil
- Oil filters
- Antifreeze/transmission fluid
- Cooking grease
- Home improvement waste (concrete, mortar, etc.)
- Pet waste
- Yard waste (leaves, grass, mulch and tree branches)
- Excessive dirt and gravel
- Construction debris
- Pesticides and fertilizers
- Other substances
If you observe any circumstance occurring in Town that you feel may be detrimental to the environment, please do not hesitate to call the Department of Public Works at 410-638-4536.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly
- Repair auto leaks
- Use recycling centers for disposal of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.) and batteries
- Clean up after your pet
- Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on an unpaved surface
- Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas; compost or recycle yard waste when possible
- For reporting the release of any hazardous material into the environment contact the Harford County HazMat Response Unit by calling 9-1-1.
- Environmental emergencies can also be reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment - click here.