Pollution Prevention Tips

What can you do to help reduce stormwater pollution. Check out these useful tips on the following topics:

You Are the Solution to StormWater Pollution!

Stormwater does not get treated and cleaned before it enters into our streams, creeks and rivers. Whatever washes into the inlet eventually ends up in the river (i.e. trash, cigarette butts, soap, fertilizers, sediment etc.)  This brochure discusses the impact you can have on identifying and preventing stormwater pollution.

Construction of Small Building Sites

Construction sites are the number one pollutant of erosion and sediment that impacts our streams, creeks, and rivers.  Creating a stormwater erosion protection plan prior to construction is a requirement for any new construction within the City of Charleston. Contractors and home builders must follow the guidelines in this pamphlet in order to prevent polluted runoff from jobsites.

Home Repairs, Remodeling StormWater & You

Remodeling and home repairs can affect storm water runoff. Building an addition, adding a concrete or paver driveway increases the amount of impervious area on your home site. This construction changes the amount of stormwater that is absorbed into the ground. Also, during construction the stormwater caries sediment and nutrients into the inlet ending up in the creeks and rivers.

Where do I recycle my used oil?

Small amounts of car fluids (oil, antifreeze) can contaminate our streams and rivers killing fish and other aquatic life. Of all Americans who change their own oil, only 10% of them dispose of their waste oil in the proper manner.  Recycling is an economical way of protecting our rivers and helping our environment.

Washing your Car without washing the environment

When you are washing your car in the driveway, remember you are not just washing your car in the driveway. All the soap, scum, and oily grit, comes off the car, runs along the curb.  Then into the storm drain and directly into our streams and rivers. These actions cause pollution and is unhealthy for fish and aquatic wildlife.

Backyard Composting

There  are many benefits to composting. It is a simple and inexpensive way to dispose of and recycle food scraps and yard waste that would otherwise enter the water stream.  Compost also helps improve the health and quality of the soil that it is added to.

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