People caring for their homes can unknowingly impact local waterways through the improper handling and disposal of home improvement materials, stockpiles, debris, chemicals, paint, and trash. Materials swept, raked, or spilled on the ground or pavement can be carried by rain, residential water, or wind into our local creeks. Rinse water should never be discharged to a street, gutter, or storm drain.
Products labeled “nontoxic” and “biodegradable” can still harm wildlife if they enter the storm drain system. These products are prohibited discharges to the storm drain system.