Rainy days in South Florida and in Coral Gables are very common during this Hurricane Season, and if not careful, these downpours can cause stormwater pollution. As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns and sidewalks, water picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. So, what can you do to help? There are some things that you can do to prevent stormwater runoff pollution.
Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a lake, canal or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies used for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.
How to prevent stormwater runoff pollution:
• Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
• Use fertilizers sparingly, and sweep driveways, sidewalks and gutters
• Vegetate bare spots in your yard
• Compost yard waste
• Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels and learn how to prevent pest problems
• Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces and consider a rain garden to capture runoff
• Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
• Check your car for leaks and recycle motor oil
• Pick up after your pet.