How You Can Help

Stormwater runoff is one of the main sources of water pollution in the nation. By taking action together, we can improve water quality, beautify local waterways and create healthy ecosystems for wildlife to thrive.

As communities grow and become more developed with roads, parking lots, buildings and homes, there is more opportunity for stormwater to become polluted. When rain falls onto paved surfaces or rooftops, it becomes runoff and drains into a storm inlet or ditch which flows untreated into a nearby creek or river.

So, let’s learn how we can keep our water safe and clean!

How you can help protect water quality:

  • Keep it out of the inlet: Grass clippings, leaves, dog waste, oil and paint are all pollutants that degrade water quality. Only rain down the drain.
  • Test your soil/Read the label: Over-fertilizing can hurt your lawn and negatively affects water quality.
  • Pick it up: Dog waste is a source of bacteria in our waterways.
  • Avoid the driveway - Go to the car wash: Water from a car wash is recycled and treated.
  • Vehicle maintenance: Small fluid leaks can have a big impact of water quality.
  • Household chemicals: Store hazardous chemicals in a shed, garage, or somewhere out of the rain. Use your local Household Hazardous Waste facilities and drop-off events to ensure unused household chemicals are properly disposed.
  • Trash also counts: Trash is also a source of water pollution, so keep it in the can!
  • Get involved: Find local stormwater programs and events in your community.

Local Stormwater Education Campaigns:

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H2O Jo Takes a Ride Through the Storm Drain

The water drop takes a ride through the storm drain to show how polluted runoff affects water quality.

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Think Outside the Lawn

Did you know that excess fertilizer and yard waste can harm water quality if they get washed down storm drains?

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H20 Only Campaign

In 2012, Barr Lake & Milton Reservoir was awarded an Urban Waters grant from EPA to develop water messages.

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Live Like You Love it Campaign

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Myth of the Poop Fairy

Like the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot, the fabled poop fairy has been the stuff of legend.

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Upcoming Events

Green Infrastructure Overview (IN-PERSON)

In Colorado, like much of the West, communities must be prepared for climate extremes on both sides of the spectrum – from drought to flooding.

Bilingual Training: Green Infrastructure Overview (VIRTUAL)

In Colorado, like much of the West, communities must be prepared for climate extremes on both sides of the spectrum – from drought to flooding.

Visión general de la infraestructura verde bilingüe (seminario web)

En Colorado, como en gran parte del oeste, las comunidades deben estar preparadas para los climas extremos en todos los sentidos, desde la sequía hasta las inundaciones.

2021 Colorado Stormwater Symposium

The Colorado Stormwater Center is proud to host the 2021 Colorado Stormwater Symposium, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our focus this year is on the following topics: Fire Impacts on Water Quality, Green Infrastructure in Action, and Innovative Stormwater Education and Training. To learn more and to register, click below.   

How to Incorporate Rain Gardens into your Next Waterwise Landscape Project (IN-PERSON)

Rain gardens are beautiful gardens, full of native plants, that are watered only with the rain once established. Adding rain gardens to your next waterwise landscape project will reduce your water bill, conserve water, manage drainage issues, increase the beauty of your landscape, and protect water quality. Join us to learn more about rain gardens, their benefits and how to keep them looking their best. Light refreshments will be provided.