Public Awareness of the Potential Impacts of Stormwater Runoff
Many of our daily activities have the potential to cause stormwater pollution. Any situation where activities can contribute more pollutants to stormwater runoff is an area that should be considered in attempts to minimize impacts. The list below is certainly not all inclusive, but it gives an idea of things citizens can do to help control stormwater pollution.
- Maintain buffer areas around stream segments to protect stream banks and to provide a mechanism for pollutant removal.
- Practice “good housekeeping” by keeping areas clean of potentially harmful pollutants. This also may involve changing activities or practices if they have potential impacts.
- Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and when used, do so in a safe manner. When possible incorporate native plant species into landscaping. They are adapted to the local growing, and climate conditions and tend to be naturally pest resistant.
- Properly use and store household materials and be aware of and make use of local recycling and collection centers to handle household wastes.
- Remember that any materials that are poured or placed on the ground, streets, driveways, etc. can be picked up and carried by stormwater runoff to our surface waters.
- Report any pollution, illegal dumping, or soil erosion that you see to the City of Willoughby.
Workshops and Presentations
No workshops or presentations scheduled at this time. Please check back soon.
- Controlling Urban Runoff: A Practical Guide for Planning and Designing Urban BMP’s, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 1987.
- How to Create a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Campaign, Environmental Health Coalition, 1992.
- Site Planning for Stormwater Management, NC Division of Water Quality, 1998
- Stormwater Best Management Practices, NC Division of Water Quality, 1999
- Stormwater Fact Sheet for NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permits, NC Division of Water Quality, 1994.
- Stormwater Management Fact Sheets, Land-of-Sky Regional Council, 1994 & 1995.
- Stormwater Management in North Carolina: A Guide for Local Officials, Land of Sky Regional Council, 1994.