Only Rain Down the Storm Drain
The City of Roanoke is serious about improving the quality of stormwater entering our creeks, streams, and rivers. Citizens have a role in this effort by helping to ensure that only rainwater enters the City's stormwater drainage system. Curbs, gutters, ditchlines and other stormwater conveyances are all considered portions of the City's stormwater drainage system.
This system is designed for local flood control and moves stormwater during rain events into the nearest local waterway. The stormwater that enters this system is not filtered or treated in any way and flows through the pipe network before discharging into the nearest creek or stream. The mowing or blowing of grass clippings and leaves into the City’s stormwater drainage system is not only an “illicit discharge” but also considered stormwater pollution because this practice can impair water quality as well as restrict water flow and/or create localized flooding.
Report an illicit discharges!
Residents who observe illegal dumping or observe pollutants within waterways or storm drains should contact the City of Roanoke, Stormwater Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 540-853-5900.