Pet and Yard Waste
When it rains, thousands of pounds of pet waste can flow into streams and rivers. It is believed that pet waste contributes to approximately 25% of bacteria found in area streams. You can prevent the accumulation of pet waste in local waters by picking up after your pet and challenging your neighbors to do the same. You also should never dispose of your pet waste into a storm drain.
Leaves and yard waste also can have an adverse effect on the City’s stormwater system. A large enough pile can clog drains and impact the oxygen levels in waterways. These problems can be avoided by not blowing leaves or grass clippings onto the street and by using a mulching mower during yard work activities.