"Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated." (EPA, 2010)
How You Can Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution
- Never dump anything down a storm drain. Storm sewers drain into creeks and rivers that are used as drinking water. "You dump it, you drink it!"
- Pick up after your pet. Carry a plastic bag or pooper-scooper. Wrap the pet waste securely and put it in the trash.
- Dispose of motor oil, antifreeze, and other "household hazardous waste" properly. Many items can be disposed of at automotive parts stores. For more information, contact the Tri-County Health Department at (720) 322-1508
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. Read the label first, and follow all directions carefully.
- If you see someone dumping into a storm drain, report it! If it is at one of our schools, call (720) 972-4911. Otherwise, contact the appropriate city or county (see below for links to City and County Stormwater Program websites).
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Stormwater Program
Like many other governmental organizations, including school districts, Adams 12 Five Star Schools is required to have a stormwater program. Our program includes:
- Public education
- Public involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimiation
- Construction site management
- Post-construction site management
- Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping Practices
For more information or to provide feedback about our stormwater program, contact Geoff Mills, Environmental Services for Adams 12 Five Star Schools.