Stormwater Pollution


All residents and business owners in the City should be aware of their part in controlling stormwater run-off. You may begin by taking action and changing habits that can make a difference in our waterways. Take note of activities that may adversely affect drainage ways, creeks, and lakes.

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks it picks up debris, chemicals, and other pollutants. Stormwater flows into our drainage systems to Bear Creek and the South Platte River. Polluted run-off is a great threat to drinking water, but by participating in healthy household habits you can keep pollutants off the ground and out of stormwater. Please consider the following good habits.

Pollution Prevention Tips

Vehicle & Garage

  • Check your car, boat, motorcycle, and other machinery for leaks and spills.
  • Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating service stations and parts stores.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or unpaved surface.

Lawn & Garden

  • Consider planting the bare spots in your yard to prevent soil erosion.
  • Don't over-water your lawn.
  • Select native plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. They require less water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
  • Sweep up yard debris.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.

Home Repair & Improvement

  • Before beginning an outdoor project, locate the nearest storm drains and protect them from debris and other material.
  • Clean paintbrushes in a sink and not outdoors.
  • Limit the use of substances like paints, solvents, and cleaners to the smallest amount possible and clean up spills immediately.
  • Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris, such as concrete and mortar.
  • Use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled, and recyclable products whenever possible.

For more information contact the Public Works Department at 720-596-4429.