This page provides information on how you can limit your impacts on stormwater, including maintaining your septic system, limiting the use of fertilizers, and cleaning up your pet's waste. There is also information on how to create rain gardens that reduce storm runoff.
Anything on the ground, no matter how far away from the stormwater drainage system, eventually ends up in a nearby waterway. Waste can enter bodies of water directly, but can also enter bodies of water indirectly through storm drains, manholes, and grass ditches because all of these convey runoff to the closest body of water.
Pet waste contains nutrients that can cause weeds and algae to grow more rapidly which greatly impacts the health of our waterways. Pet waste also contains bacteria that can negatively impact water quality.