Discharges Into Storm Drains

Discharges Into Storm Drains Dania Beach Water
Discharges Into Storm Drains Dania Beach Water
Storm drains (also referred to as storm sewers) are used to control stormwater runoff only. Stormwater runoff is water from the rain which flows from streets, lawns and rooftops over the ground or pavement without soaking into the ground. The storm drain system includes residential swale areas, roadside ditches, gutters, inlets, catch basins, and underground pipes that collect stormwater and carry it away from our streets, parking lots and yards into nearby waterways. Water entering storm drains does not go through a sewage treatment plant, but flows directly into nearby waterways without treatment. Therefore, nothing should ever be placed or allowed to enter into a storm drain except rain water. Think of it as: “only rain down the drain.”

Incidents involving potential illicit discharges into storm drain systems may occur in residential, commercial and industrial areas. The pouring of chemicals, oils, paints, etc., into storm drains is of prime concern. Unfortunately, many people use storm drains to dispose of used motor oil, grass cuttings, dog feces, etc.

Specific Cautions: When you see the above activity, do not confront individuals and do not approach anyone dumping or disposing of hazardous materials into a storm drain. Please call 911 and then call 954-519-1499.

Details to Note: From a safe distance:
  • Note the following: 
  • Location of the incident including cross streets, landmarks, city, and zip code (if known)
  • Time and date the incident occurred (if known)
  • Physical depiction of the person conducting the activity, company name or logo, and description of any vehicles nearby
  • Labels or markings on containers, if visible
When you call the environmental response hot line at 954-519-1499, please mention any and all of these details in your report.

Environmental Effect: Most storm drains discharge directly into surface water bodies. Anything put into a storm drain system has the potential to negatively impact surface water quality, may kill aquatic organisms or impair their health, growth or ability to reproduce, can foul drinking water and make recreational areas unsafe and unpleasant.

Regulation of Pesticides Applied to U.S. Waters

Under the Clean Water Act, biological pesticides and the leftover residues from pesticide applications are considered pollutants. Permits issued from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) cover those applications where pesticides will be discharged from a point source (including nozzles, pipes, ditches, channels, etc.) into "waters of the U.S." Learn more @ http://npic.orst.edu/reg/npdes.html