Storm Water Management
Midlothian’s Storm Water Management Plan is part of a nationwide effort to protect natural water bodies from pollution. This program is mandated by USEPA under the NPDES Phase II Regulations. Storm drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer system or treatment facilities. Urban runoff and the pollutants it carries flow directly into our creeks, canals and lakes.
Midlothian’s Plan has been submitted and approved by EPA, which outlines several Best Management Practices. Our goal is to implement those BMP’s in a timely, consistent manner that provides the best prevention of pollution. We also monitor the activities of contractors who develop property to ensure that their actions do not have a negative impact on the storm water quality.
How Every Day Events Impact Our Storm Water Quality
Urban development increases impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, streets and other developments. Rain no longer percolates into the soil, but runs off through the storm drain system. Storm water runoff can negatively impact water quality by immediately changing temperature, pH and oxygen. Over longer periods, runoff can cause algae and increased bacteria levels. Oil deposits from cars can wash into our storm sewers having an adverse effect on fish and wildlife. Construction projects that don’t manage soil erosion carry sediment to our waterways.
How You Can Help
- Use dry cleanup methods, like brooms, mops or wire brushes, instead of using a hose.
- Closely monitor irrigation systems to prevent over irrigation. Irrigation runoff can transport fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants to the storm drain system.
- Apply fertilizers and pesticides properly. Do not apply 3-5 days before any forecasted rain event.
- Consider planting native vegetation.
- Dump wash water to indoor drains or to landscaping where it cannot flow to a storm drain. Never dump anything to a storm drain.
- Store materials indoors or in covered areas.
- Keep dumpsters and trash cans closed.
- Recycle whenever possible.
- Wash vehicles at a commercial car wash.
- Clean up clippings from your regular lawn maintenance. Do not leave them or allow them to flow into a storm drain.
Report Illegal Dumping
Call us at (708) 389-9658 if you see anyone dumping anything other than storm water in to a storm sewer.