Reducing Stormwater Pollution


Through the MS4 general permit, the city is improving the quality of lakes and rivers that receive our stormwater discharges, thereby improving the quality of life for our citizens by protecting and restoring local water quality. However, the responsibility for water quality is not left in the hands of public officials. Private citizens can change the way they do small things and have a dramatic effect on the quality of our streams and rivers.

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Simple Steps for Better Water Quality

You can make simple changes to reduce stormwater pollution and improve the quality of your local stream or river by following these tips:

  • Fertilize established lawns with phosphorous-free fertilizer and don't allow fertilizer into the street. Be yard savvy.
  • Do not blow leaves and grass clippings into storm drain inlets. Keep oil, chemicals, and other pollutants (PDF) from entering storm drain systems as well.
  • When you wash your car or truck, direct water onto your lawn to soak up soap. Practice curb control. If you are planning a charity car wash (PDF), learn how to properly plan and implement.
  • Direct your home's gutters onto your lawn or into a rain barrel. Install a rain garden to filter runoff from your roof and driveway. Water that doesn't make it to the curb can't carry pollutants to lakes and streams.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Manage waterfowl in your neighborhood or corporate stormwater pond. More about waterfowl management

What if you see evidence of runoff pollution or pollutants entering our streams and rivers?

  • Call the Water Pollution Reporting Line at 864-467-4554 during normal business hours. You may leave a message after hours.
  • Note the address, time of day, water color, and odor if possible.
  • Take a picture if possible.