Stormwater pollution is a form of nonpoint pollution, or pollution which comes from everyday activities such as over fertilizing lawns, littering, changing motor oil and overuse of pesticides.
From time to time during and after heavy rainfall, in those areas near storm drains there is the possibility that the water may have abnormal bacterial counts. This is not a new issue; actually we experience less pollution than was seen ten to twenty years ago. Some possible sources include improperly connected sewer lines, leaking septic tanks, animal and wildlife waste, and dumpster leachate. Also, bacteria levels rise naturally from streams and wetlands during rainfall.
During and shortly after heavy rainfall you are advised to avoid contact with the water near storm drains if you are participating in water sports.
Residents can assist in the effort to keep our waters clean by remembering that what they do at home can affect the water. Oil, pet waste or grass clippings that enter a storm drain go into waterways without being treated.
- Keep leaves, grass clippings and fertilizers away from storm drains. The best
idea is not to fertilize an established lawn. But if you do, use as little lawn
fertilizer as possible.
- Clean up after pets to reduce pet waste getting to the river through storm drains.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste (paint, motor oil, etc.) properly. The Monmouth County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Tinton Falls manages disposal of materials such as paint, pesticides, etc., Call 732-922-2234 to schedule an appointment.
- Construct a rain garden or use rain barrels on your gutters to reduce the flow of storm water from your property.