Decrease Pollution

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit program requires that the City have a comprehensive stormwater management program designed to control stormwater pollution. This program includes such measures as structural and non-structural stormwater controls, best management practices, regular inspections, enforcement activities, stormwater monitoring and public education efforts. Stormwater management ordinances, erosion and sedimentation control ordinances, development regulations and other local regulations provide the legal authority necessary to implement the stormwater management programs.

There are 10 things you can do to help reduce stormwater system pollution:
  • Never dump anything on the street, down a storm drain or in a drainage ditch.
  • Scoop up after your pet. Bag the refuse and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Compost grass clippings and leaves or bag them for curbside collection. Do not blow them into the street, place them in the road gutter or near storm water inlets. 
  • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. Do not apply them on paved areas.
  • Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle the amount of cleaning and maintenance chemicals used at home.
  • Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.
  • Put litter in its place.
  • Wash cars at a commercial car wash or on a grassy area and not your driveway.
  • Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved.