Below are links explaining stormwater management, what is allowed by law to enter the stormwater system, what constitutes an illicit discharge, and what the penalties are.
Stormwater Management Resources
- US EPA Non-Point Source Pollution Information
- US EPA NPDES Overview and Home Page
- FDEP Stormwater Page
- FDEP NPDES Overview and Home Page
- Pinellas County Watershed Management: Water Quality, Stormwater Runoff
Reporting Illicit Discharge
Please contact the Public Works Department if you see anyone:
- Pouring motor oil, paints, chemicals, or cleaning fluids down storm drains or gutters
- Putting grass clippings in a storm drain, swale, or canal
- Letting chlorinated pool water run into a gutter, storm drain, or canal
- Letting anything other than rainwater go into a storm drain
Ways To Save Our Water
Since we live and work in an environmentally sensitive area, it’s important to be aware of how to reduce stormwater pollution. Here are a few ways to protect the water where you swim and fish.
Make changes in your yard. Plant a yard that includes low maintenance plants that adapt to Florida’s climate. These plants will require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides and therefore can reduce harmful runoff. Be sure to plant ground covers to prevent soil erosion.
Use a commercial car wash or wash your car over a grassy area to prevent detergents from running into the street where they can get into our sensitive water system.
Prevent pollution from getting into the water. Keep litter, leaves, and pet wastes out of street gutters and storm drains.
Properly dispose of hazardous materials, recycle used motor oil, or take paints, antifreeze, and other toxic products to a household chemical collection center such as Pinellas County's HEC3 Swap Shop. Contact the shop at (727) 464-7500 or visit their website by clicking here.