Reporting storm water problems and violations helps to keep your community storm water clean! It is also everyone’s responsibility to help keep our water supply safe and clean. Please report all issues, concerns and violations to the Water Resources Director at (910) 497-3390 x 1612.
The Town of Spring Lake is working to protect our local streams from being damaged by storm water pollution. When it rains, pollutants such as fertilizer, oil, grease and pet waste are picked up from the ground and carried into the nearest storm drain down the street. The storm drains are not connected to a treatment system, so everything that flows down the drain goes directly to the nearest water body.
Polluted storm water runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in North Carolina which creates numerous costs to the public and to wildlife. Spring Lake storm water has created the Connect the Drops public outreach campaign to provide information on storm water, pollution and ways to increase the water quality of the surrounding area. The informational sheet to the right illustrates the type of pollutants that can be collected and deposited into local water ways by storm water runoff. As always, if you have any questions please call either the Storm water Administrator or the Water Resources Manager for more information on ways you can help to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff.
While citizens, businesses and industry are working to prevent storm water pollution, the Town of Spring Lake is busy doing the same. In 2005, we received a Phase II Storm water permit that requires that we develop and implement a storm water management program that includes the following measures:
- Teach citizens and business owners about how they can prevent and reduce storm water pollution
- Involve citizens in developing and implementing our local storm water program
- Look for and remove unlawful discharges to the storm water sewer system
- Regulate new development activities to ensure that they provide appropriate treatment for storm water before it reaches local waterways
- Reduce and eliminate pollution resulting from our activities.
STORM WATER POLLUTION
Where Does it Come From?
There are many sources of storm water pollution, including automotive fluids, brake dust, leaves, grass clippings, pet waste, cigarette butts, soil and garbage. These materials are generated everyday and combine to create a sticky, stinky, unhealthy mess that contaminates our local waters.
Where Does it Go?
When it rains, or when water is used, pollutants are picked-up from the ground and carried into the nearest storm drain down the street. The storm drains are not connected to a treatment system, so everything that flows down the drain goes directly to the nearest water body, ultimately flowing into the ocean.
How Can it Be Reduced?
From your home:
VEHICLE & GARAGE
- Prevent vehicle fluids such as oil and antifreeze from entering a storm drain by disposing of them properly.
- Contain spilled fluids immediately with rags or kitty litter. Clean up the spill and dispose of the waste at a hazardous waste collection site.
- Check your car for leaks and have your car repaired if you find them. Keep your car tuned up.
- Store hazardous materials properly in the original closed container.
- Dispose of unwanted chemicals at a household hazardous waste collection center in your area. Never pour hazardous materials into the street, sewer or the storm drain!
LAWN & GARDEN
- Conserve water. Don’t over water your lawn. Adjust sprinklers if water runs into the gutter. Water during cooler times of the day.
- Keep your gutters swept clear of leaves and grass cuttings.
- Identify the pests before spraying pesticides. Ask a specialist at your garden center for advice on how to treat for that specific pest.
- Only buy pesticides you need in amounts you will use.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly and never apply to your lawn or garden if the weather calls for rain.
- Check at your local garden center for integrated pest management (IPM) methods to minimize chemical use in your garden. Many IPM methods do not even require use of chemical pesticides!
- Create healthy soil by adding compost that contains organic matter and nutrients.
- Use drought resistant native plants that conserve water, which reduces runoff. Use mulch instead of herbicides to prevent weeds from growing and to help absorb water.
- Pick up trash and litter around your yard.
IN THE HOME
- Shop for non-hazardous household cleaning products.
- If you use water based paints, rinse paint brushes in the sink. For oil based paints, filter and reuse paint thinner. Dispose of thinner through a household hazardous waste program in your area.
- Keep trash cans closed to prevent animals from scattering trash.
- Use paints, solvents and cleaners sparingly, according to the directions. Store properly to avoid spilling.
- Dispose of drywall, concrete and mortar in the trash. Don’t rinse concrete or mortar into the street.
SIDEWALK & DRIVEWAY
- Sweep up dirt and debris. Hosing off pavement washes pollutants into storm drains, which lead directly to local creeks, bays and the ocean.
- If you wash your own car, use a shutoff nozzle on your hose to reduce runoff. Consider pulling your car up onto the lawn to avoid runoff to the storm drain OR take your car to a car wash.
- If you have a dirt stockpile in your driveway make sure to cover it or move it to the non paved areas for use, if it looks like rain.
- Pick up after your pet. Dispose of pet waste into the trash.
- Carry a plastic bag when you walk your pet. Nuisance laws prohibit you from allowing your pet’s waste to remain.
- When treating your pet and yard for fleas or ticks, check with your veterinarian for safe substitutes that will minimize impact to the storm drains and your family. Never dispose of flea dip liquid to the ground or storm drain. It should be disposed as a household hazardous waste.
STORM WATER QUIZ
Think you know about storm water? The causes of pollution the water system? Simple every day items and tasks performed every day which has an impact… did you know?
Take our storm water quiz ….. (answers are available… but don’t cheat…that spoils the fun!)
LOCAL PROJECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Become a part of the Storm water Committee. Help educate your neighbors on storm water issues!
To apply to become a member of our Stormwater/Sustainability Committee, please submit your application to the Town Hall offices.
- Volunteer for an Adopt-a-Stream program or Storm Drain Stenciling Program
- Teachers and educators are always welcome to contact the Storm water technician/Water Resources Manager to speak in to your class about storm water
For details on these projects, opportunities and more, contact the Water Resources Manager.
Storm water is one division of the Water Resources Department.
- Water Resources Director: Tim Garner
- Storm water Administrator: Deanna Rosario
The Storm water Division of the Water Resources Department can be reached by mail, fax, e-mail or phone.
300 Harps Street
PO Box 617
Spring Lake, NC 28390
phone: (910) 497-3390 x 1612
fax: (910) 703 – 8963
Spring Lake Town Directory