What is stormwater pollution?
Water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets are examples of stormwater runoff. This water, which travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches is discharged into local waterbodies without being treated. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash and toxins and other pollutants. This polluted stormwater that enters our waterways can kill fish and other wildlife, destroy wildlife habitats, contaminate drinking water sources and force the closing of beaches due to health threats to swimmers.
Human activity is largely responsible for the stormwater pollution. Everything that we put on the ground or into the storm drain can end up in our water. Each of us has a responsibility to make sure these contaminants stay out of our water.
Visit the NJ DEP website to view a short clip about the dangers of stormwater pollution.
View Highland Park's Stormwater Management Ordinance.
What can you do to prevent it?
There are a number of everyday activities that can affect water quality. Help reduce the amount of pollution that flows into our waterways by changing your behaviors:
- Adjust your methods with gardening and lawn care
- Remember to pick up after your pet
- Consider taking your car to a green automotive repair shop
- Purchase green products for your home