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 our water:

  • Keep it out of the inlet: Grass clippings, leaves, dog waste, oil and paint are all pollutants.
  • Read the label: Over-fertilizing can hurt your lawn and the water.
  • Pick it up: Dog waste is a sneaky source of bacteria in our waterways.
  • Consider car washes: Commercial car washes remove oil from the wash water.
  • Vehicle maintenance: Small fluid leaks can add up to big trouble.
  • Household chemicals: Store hazardous chemicals in a shed, garage, or somewhere out of the rain. (Don’t forget to take advantage of your local Household Hazardous Waste facilities and drop-off events.)
  • Trash also counts: Trash is also a huge 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 poster
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 poster
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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No poop fairy poster
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

Septic Smart Week

- All Day
CSC supports SepticSmart Week because septic tanks and leach field may impact water quality if they are not properly maintained. Fecal bacteria in our lakes and river can get us sick!  

Septic Smart Week

- All Day
CSC supports SepticSmart Week because septic tanks and leach field may impact water quality if they are not properly maintained. Fecal bacteria in our lakes and river can get us sick!  

Septic Smart Week

- All Day
CSC supports SepticSmart Week because septic tanks and leach field may impact water quality if they are not properly maintained. Fecal bacteria in our lakes and river can get us sick!  

National Clean Up Day

- All Day
National Clean Up Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the third Saturday of September. It promotes both organized and individual cleanup events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean.

World Rivers Day

- All Day
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

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