Stormwater is water from rain, ice and snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil and sloped lawns into storm drains that empty directly into neighboring waterways. As it flows, it can collect and transport animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, grease, soil and other potential pollutants.
Tips to help prevent stormwater pollution:
To help prevent dumping in storm drains, volunteers are needed to place labels with the message, “No Dumping, Only Rain in the Drain,” on storm drains throughout Irving. This is a visual reminder that the storm drains run directly into creeks, rivers and lakes. Volunteers also can distribute door hangers to remind residents that rain washes garden chemicals, pet waste, motor oil and other pollutants from yards, driveways and sidewalks into waterways.
For more information or to volunteer, visit CityofIrving.org/Stormwater or call the Capital Improvement Program Department at (972) 721-2611.