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Stormwater

Stormwater

Gutter with 'No Dumping - Drains to Stream'
Gutters flow straight to streams, rivers, lakes and other local bodies of water - NOT to the treatment plant.

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is made of rainwater and snowmelt. It flows into the storm drainage systems, which in turn flows into our creeks, streams and rivers. Because stormwater isn’t treated before it flows into rivers and streams, it’s important to keep it as free of pollutants as possible.

Help Keep Stormwater Clean

Many of us think of industries dumping chemicals as the source of water pollution, but the truth is our water can also be harmed by things we do every day. Think about this…when it rains, water washes over lawns, sidewalks, streets, construction sites, industrial sites and more. This water picks up litter, lawn fertilizer chemicals, bacteria from pet waste, automobile oil and more. This polluted water then enters roadside ditches and the storm drains before flowing into the closest lake or stream.

Some pollutants that stormwater could mix with include:

During Construction

Clean up the Construction Site

  • Clean up trash on the construction site and recycle.
  • Reduce the exposure of materials
  • Prevent pollution from vehicles
  • Clean up spills
  • Never leave waste
  • Control concrete washout

Stormwater runoff during “land disturbing” activities such as construction can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site it can pick up pollutants like sediment, construction debris, and chemicals such as gas, fertilizer, and paint. Polluted stormwater runoff can harm or kill fish and other wildlife. Sedimentation can destroy aquatic habitat and high volumes of runoff can cause stream bank erosion.

  • Erosion & Sediment Control During Construction

    Dumping into a Storm Drain is a Crime

    Dumping liquid or solid waste into a storm drain or creek is a crime. If you see illegal dumping or a spill, report it to Northglenn’s Neighborhood Services Division at 303.280.7876.

    The Northglenn Stormwater Program has suggestions and tips for reducing stormwater pollution. For more information see quick links.

    Clean up after your pet:

    • Pick it up
    • Bag it up
    • Throw it out

    Contact

    Pam Acre
    Stormwater Coordinator
    stormwater@northglenn.org
    303-254-7613