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What is stormwater?
Water that flows over land when it rains and enters our storm drains and local waterways (streams, creeks, ponds) is considered stormwater.
Stormwater pollution is one of the biggest threats to the health of our surface waters. As it flows over the land it comes in contact with common contaminants like sediment, oil and grease, detergents, fertilizers, pesticides, toxic metals, and harmful bacteria from pet waste and sanitary sewer overflow.
Oil, grease and detergents are washed off of roads and parking lots. Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are released from lawns and landscaped areas. Sediment and debris are carried off of construction sites. Unlike sewage, which is collected and treated, anything that flows into the storm sewer system empties directly into waterways without any treatment. In Farmers Branch, the potentially polluted storm water runoff eventually flows into the Trinity River, impacting the source of our drinking water.
How can I help to improve the quality of the water entering Farmers Branch waterways?
- Apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers according to the product label. Contact the product manufacturer if any questions arise regarding the applications of the chemicals needed. Apply lawn chemicals far in advance of a rain event to reduce the amount of runoff.
- Repair leaking vehicles. The oil and grease that leaks onto the drive is carried off your driveway and into nearby streams such as Farmers Branch Creek, Rawhide Creek, and Cooks Creek.
- Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash in town. At these facilities, the detergent, dirt, oil and grease from the washing is sent to the sanitary sewer system where it is later treated and released for a beneficial use. There are numerous self serve and full service car washes in Farmers Branch.
- Use a mulching blade on your lawn mower or capture the grass for mulch. Blowing excess grass into the street travels to the creeks and reduces water quality by adding nutrients for unwanted bacterial and algae growth.
- "Do the Right Thing" and pick up after your pet when it "Doo's" and place into the trash. This prevents your pet's waste from being picked up by stormwater and transported to the water ways which can cause elevated counts of bacteria in the creeks.