Storm water pollution may not be the first thing you think about heading into winter after two long summers in drought. However, the threat of storm water pollution is everywhere. While rain and snow melt generate natural storm water, irrigation, car washing, hosing off yard equipment and draining of pools and fountains are major factors in carrying pollutants to our waterways.
As this runoff travels downhill to the nearest storm drain, stream or lake, it picks up everything along its path – fertilizers, pesticides, motor oil, trash and pet waste. This untreated, polluted runoff then enters the same waterways we use for fishing, bathing and even drinking. Anything entering the storm drainage system that is not 100% storm water is an illicit discharge and prohibited from entering the system by the City of Allen.
There are many things we can do to help prevent storm water pollution. One of the easiest ways to help is to pick up your pet’s waste. Doing so will keep it from contaminating water supplies with bacteria and harmful nutrients. The City of Allen Storm Water Management Division in coordination with the Regional Stormwater Management Coordinating Council ask for all of us to pledge to “Doo the Right Thing!” Flush the waste in your toilet or bag it and place it in the trash. They have even produced a 2015 calendar featuring the winners of their “Cutest Dog Competition” to help you remember. You can pick up a free copy at the Allen Animal Shelter or Allen City Hall.
Learn more about the City’s Storm Water Management at the link below. You can report suspected illicit discharge by calling 214.509.4512.