Sediment gets into the stormwater runoff, clogging the storm drain system. If it reaches waterways, it can muddy the waters, reducing oxygen levels and raising the temperature of the water, harming aquatic wildlife.
What you can do:
- Don't sweep dirt from driveways or other impervious areas into the street.
- Cover any loose dirt or mulch piles with a tarp before rainstorms.
- Berm any home construction projects to keep dirt from washing into the stormdrains.