Did you know that putting grass clippings into a storm drain is not allowed?
Only rainwater is allowed in storm drains. Anything else is considered an "illicit discharge," and is not allowed in any public drainage system. One of the greatest sources of water pollution is caused by illicit discharges. Litter, grass clippings, leaves, cigarette butts, pet waste, and other debris can flow into storm drains after a rain. Eventually the debris ends up in our waterways, causing pollution, clogged drains, and even flooding.
Also when it rains pollutants on lawns, roads, and paved surfaces can be washed into storm drains. Eventually theses pollutants end up in our waterways. It is important to properly dispose of trash and debris in waste containers not in storm drains, roads, or waterways. For example, grass clipping should never be blown into the road or down a storm drain.
Stormwater Management enforces the Pasco County’s Ordinance (PDF), Opens in New Window which prohibits illicit discharges from entering into the county’s storm drainage system. If an illicit discharge is found, it is subject to a $500 fine per day, per incident, plus possible cleanup costs.
What you can do to help protect our waterways:
Properly dispose of trash and waste in appropriate containers.
Report any illicit discharges or dumping into storm drains, roads, or waterways to the county.
Sweep up grass clippings and dispose in the trash or blow it back onto the lawn, not into the road or a storm drain.
Place extinguished cigarettes in an ashtray. Do not throw them out the car window onto the road.
Maintain vehicles and make sure no oil leaks onto the road.
After giving a vehicle an oil change, dispose of the dirty oil in a container and take it to a hazardous waste collection site. Don’t place the oil down a storm drain, waterway or in the road.
Clean paint brushes properly and do not rinse the brushes off in the road, storm drains, or waterways.
Pick up after your pets. Don’t leave the waste on the ground.
Wash your car at a car wash facility that does not generate runoff.
Use fertilizer sparingly and not before a rain event.
Keep storm drains, ditches, and roads free of any material that should not be there.