What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is an important part of keeping the water we need clean. Because of stormwater, Puget Sound Starts Here in Sumner, in our yards, on our streets and on our sidewalks.
Stormwater is what runs down our pavement (sidewalks, roads, driveways, etc.) and into the storm drains. These are the green arrows on the diagram. These paths feed right into the White and Puyallup Rivers without any treatment.
Common Hazards & Easy Solutions
If you have residue from oil leaks on your road or driveway, at the first rainfall that oil pollution goes right into the river that we play in, fish in, and enjoy. Call it a mini oil spill. SOLUTION: Fix oil leaks as quickly as possible. While waiting to take the car in, put cardboard down to keep the oil from leaking onto the road or driveway.
When your pet does its business on the sidewalk or in your yard and you fail to pick it up, that same next rainfall will also wash bits of that waste right into the river, similar to letting raw sewage go into our water systems. SOLUTION: Pick up after your pets and dispose waste properly in the garbage or flush down a toilet.
When you overfertilize your lawn, those dangerous chemicals get washed away with rain or sprinklers. That runoff goes into the stormwater drain and into the river. SOLUTION: Try organic alternatives or Bonney Good Sumner Grow biosolid. Or, make sure you fertilize using the correct amount at the right time. Download an easy-to-use Fertilizer poster to help you (pdf).
When you wash your car on pavement, all the suds and soap and oil you wash off your car drains right into the storm drain and into the rivers. In fact, after charity groups hold car washes on a Saturday, you can often see the suds in the river itself! SOLUTION: wash on gravel or grass. The water then goes into the ground which naturally filters all the pollutants out. Or, check out the charity car wash kit to keep your event Clean & Green.
Construction projects can have major impacts on stormwater, but in the materials used and in the construction process. SOLUTION: Learn more about how to incorporate stormwater safety into construction projects.
When you flush unused prescription drugs down the toilet, chemicals still get through the Wastewater Treatment Facility and into rivers. SOLUTION: Drop off unused prescription medicines at Sumner Police or any other take-back location.
When you don’t know what to do with hazardous substances like used paint and oil, sometimes you feel like just washing them down the nearest drain, which is the same as pouring them into the rivers and Sound. SOLUTION: Just a little bit of information helps you recycle correctly. Find out where to recycle various substances.
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NPDES Permit Documents
- NPDES Behavior Evaluation
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- NPDES Sumner LID Summary Report
- NPDES 2016 IDDE Tracking
- NPDES Annual Report Comments 2016
- NPDES TMDL Summary 2016
- NPDES Public Education Summary 2016