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

CIP Stormwater Compliance Training - Online

The Construction Committee is excited to announce that CSC will be offering another online training opportunity. The Capital Improvement Project Stormwater Compliance Training is scheduled to take place October 19th from 8AM to 12PM.  

Bilingual Training: Taking Care of Stormwater Infrastructure (A closer look at Extended Detention Basins) (VIRTUAL)

In Colorado, the most common type of Stormwater Infrastructure used is the Extended Detention Basin (EDB). In many cases this type of stormwater infrastructure is owned by HOAs or commercial properties. You may own, manage, or maintain a property with an Extended Detention Basin! Join us to learn more about how to identify these systems, how they function and how to keep your costs low by regularly maintaining them. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cómo incorporar los jardines de lluvia en su próximo proyecto de paisajismo con control del agua bilingüe (seminario web)

En Colorado, el tipo más común de infraestructura de aguas pluviales que se utiliza es la cuenca de retención ampliada (EDB). En muchos casos, este tipo de infraestructura de aguas pluviales es propiedad de las asociaciones de propietarios o de las propiedades comerciales. Es posible que usted sea propietario, administre o mantenga una propiedad con una cuenca de retención ampliada.