Stormwater Pollution Prevention

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The Question: What is Stormwater Pollution?

Stormwater pollution is caused by anyactivity, which adds or contributes water and/or debris to the stormdrain system. Activities include over-watering lawns and hosing downdriveways to name a few. Runoff from sprinklers or hoses can carrycontaminants – fertilizers, animal waste, pesticides, litter,automotive fluids into the Mojave River.

Unlikesewage, which goes to treatment plants, urban runoff flows untreatedthrough the storm drain system. Anything thrown, swept or poured intothe street, gutter or a catch basin–the curbside openings that leadinto the storm drain system–can flow directly into creek beds and theMojave River. This includes pollutants like trash, pet waste, cigarettebutts, motor oil, anti-freeze, runoff from pesticides and fertilizers,paint from brushes and containers rinsed in the gutter and toxichousehold chemicals.

The Answer?

Everyone in the Town of Apple Valley canhelp prevent stormwater pollution. It is often caused by everydaybehavior that you may not realize contributes to the problem. Simplebehavioral changes are all it takes to prevent stormwater pollution, ifwe all do our part. Find out how below:

Each of us contributes to stormwater pollutioneach day by:

You can help reduce and/or eliminate the contaminants from entering the storm drain system by:

Dropping litter on the ground, allowing paper or trash to blow into the street, and/or dropping a cigarette butt on the ground.

Avoid throwing litter into the street. Trash-laden gutters increase neighborhood pollution and clog stormdrains causing street flooding. Storm drains and flood control channelscarry surface runoff directly to the environment without treatment.Make sure that runoff carries only rainwater.

Walking your dog without picking up after it.

Pick up after your dog. Animal waste, when left on the ground, washes down into the stormdrains and contaminates our local waterways. Carry pet waste bags tomake clean up easy.

Changing oil and placing it in the gutter or trash can.

Recycle Used Motor Oil. Take your used motor oil and filters to a used oil collection facility.

Hosing leaves or dirt off driveway or sidewalk into the street or disposing yard waste in a improper manner.

Recycle your yard waste. Soggy yard waste is a major contributor to clogged storm drains andstreet and neighborhood flooding. Place your yard waste in thedesignated green containers. Make sure you “grasscycle. Grasscyclingcan save water and fertilizer

Spraying the lawn with pesticide or watering the lawn or garden and letting the water run into the street.

Be smart when you apply pesticides or fertilizers. Do not apply pesticides or fertilizers before it rains. Do notover-water after application. Read the label and do not apply more thanrecommended. As an alternative, use yard waste as mulch, as naturalfertilizer, or as ground cover.

Washing off paint brushes under an outdoor faucet.

Don’t use harsh, abrasive or toxic chemicals around the house. Select water-based products over solvent-based products when available(e.g. paint, glue, shoe polish). Also, avoid aerosol sprays – choose apump spray or other alternatives.

Dumping trash illegally.

Report illegal dumping. Toreport illegal dumping anytime call San Bernardino County Storm WaterProgram 24-hour non-emergency Water Pollution Hotline 1(800) CLEANUP

Washing your cars in your driveway that allows the wash water to run onto the pavement and into a gutter.

Wash your car on the lawn or have it serviced at a local professional car wash, to prevent runoff.

Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits

NPDES permits outline the regulatoryrequirements of municipal storm water management programs and establishrequirements to help protect the beneficial uses of the receivingwaters. They require permittees to develop and implement BestManagement Practices (BMPs) to control/reduce the discharge ofpollutants to waters of the United States to the maximum extentpracticable (MEP).
Final Phase II Permit

Stormwater Management Program

The August 2005 Mojave River WatershedStormwater Program was developed by the Town of Apple Valley, SanBernardino County and the cities of Hesperia and Victorville to complywith the Phase II Permit. It is the principal policy and guidancedocument for the Mojave River Watershed Stormwater Program and outlinesthe major program milestones undertaken by each permitee. 
Mojave River Watershed Stormwater Program

Water Conservation

Saving practices

Amount Saved

Water your lawn only when needed. Step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. Set your sprinklers for days between watering. In times of drought, water with a hose.

750-1500 gallons a month

Fix leaking faucets and plumbing joints

20 gallons a day

Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors

500-800 gallons a month

Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwashers

300-800 gallons a month

Shorten your showers

150 gallons or more per shower. At least once a week, thats more than 600 gallons a month

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveays and sidewalks

150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month

Don't use your toliet as your ashtray or waste basket

150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month

Capture tap water in a watering can while you wait for hot water to come down the pipes. Use this water on house plants or your garden

200-300 gallons a month

Don't water sidewalks, driveway, or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that the water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs

500 gallons a month

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