Use what you need to make your walkways and driveways safe, but avoid sensitive areas like waterways and private wells. Learn about the pros and cons of different types of de-icers and their impact on our waterways.
Keep Drainage Systems Clear
Melting snow is stormwater too! Clear downspouts and gutters so that melt water drains freely. Do not pile snow on stormdrains, keep them clear to allow them to drain properly.
Remember to open your rain barrel spigot to prevent it from filling with ice and possibly cracking.
Check out the ideabook to get ideas on how you can get a credit on your stormwater fee and improve water quality at the same time.
Don't rake or blow leaves or grass clippings into the street. Instead put them back into your lawn, bag them or compost them. Mulching leaves back into your lawn increases soil health and saves you time, money and effort.
Don't Forget Sediment
Sediment is a pollutant too. Working on a home project? Block stormdrains from any sediment runoff and cover exposed piles of bare soil.
Wash your car on the lawn so runoff is filtered before it gets to the stormdrains. Check for and fix small leaks- even small leaks have an impact!
Keep Trash Out
Keep lids secure on outside waste and recycling containers. Debris that is left or spills out on streets and sidewalks ends up in streams. Responsibly dispose of your waste.
Enjoy our beautiful streams and rivers. Our rivers and streams are a great asset to our City and everyone in it. Get outside and experience the many meanders and riffles.