Storm Water Management
When it rains, it drains. You can prevent stormwater pollution by only allowing rain to go down the drain. You can also utilize your rain water, thus reducing your stormwater runoff. This can be done by installing a rain barrel or rain garden. Rain gardens filter the water and utilize it for plant growth. See 10 simple things the Environmental Protection Agency says you can do to prevent stormwater runoff pollution:
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution
Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks and gutters
Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
Compost your yard waste.
Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels and learn how to prevent pest problems.
Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture runoff.
Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
Pick up after your pet.
Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/nps or www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater
Example of Storm Water Pollution
These fish pictures are NOT from Grand Lake St. Marys, but they are a good example of stormwater runoff.
Storm Water Stickers
Rain Barrel Maintenance
Rain Barrels: A Practical Use of Rainwater
Rain Barrels: Their Impacts & Cost Savings
Rain Garden Guidelines for Southwest Ohio
Rain Garden Manual For Homeowners
Restoring Stream Banks With Vegetation
Revegetation Sample Slides