Pollution Prevention

By taking a few simple steps, we can significantly reduce the amount of pollution that enters our environment. Listed below are some simple pollution prevention practices:

For Residents


In the House


  • Use less toxic/organic household cleaners.
  • Greases and oils cause back-ups in our sewer systems that may overflow into the storm drain. Bag these wastes and toss in the trash instead of the sink. Consider composting your organics instead of trashing.
  • Paint! Try to avoid using oil based paints. Rinse brushes and tools used with water based paint in the sink...not in the yard!
  • Implement green practices in your home.

In the Garage


  • Do not wash oils and fluids out of your garage into your streets. Use kitty litter to absorb the spill and dispose of at a hazardous waste facility.
  • Keep lids on hazardous materials tight.
  • Recycle motor oil and used fluids.

In the Yard


  • Watch the weather and do not fertilize your lawn before the rain comes.
  • Bag your grass clipping and dispose of properly. Blowing your clippings down the drain or dumping near the drainage conveyance on your property destroys aquatic environments and is considered an illicit discharge.
  • Do not clean hazardous material containers in the yard with the garden hose.
  • Clean up dog waste. Please pick up after your pets as their poop contains bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that can harm waterways.
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For Business Owners


  • Protect materials stored outside from leaking and make sure they are on an elevated surface.
  • Call the Public Works Stormwater Division for "No Dumping - Drains to Waterway" emblems for stormwater structure inlets near your business.
  • Recycle and dispose of waste properly.
  • Lean, green workplace

For Contractors


  • Site stability is the key.
  • Keep sediment tracking to a minimum.
  • Install and maintain site perimeter controls.
  • Follow a site specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)