This is another in a continuing series of articles to inform Wellsville citizens about Storm Water Runoff

As storm water runs off from a building or driveway it carries with it fertilizers, salts, insecticides that were applied too heavily, too carelessly, or too near the time of a storm. Storm water also carries oils, paint, chrome, and other products that may chip or seep from automobiles.

Another contaminant carried in storm water is the fecal material from dogs, horses, and other animals. These harmful contaminants stay suspended and are taken downstream to food producing agricultural fields, livestock watering systems, and fish inhabited waterways.

Residents can make a big difference. Here are 12 things you can do to prevent storm water runoff pollution:

  1. Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
  2. Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
  3. Vegetate bare spots in your yard
  4. Compost your yard waste
  5. Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems
  6. Direct downspouts should be away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture runoff
  7. Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
  8. Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
  9. Pick up after your pet
  10.  Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly
  11. Keep grass clippings out of curbs and away from banks of waterways
  12. Find proper receptacles for hazardous waste

Remember it’s not only in keeping with city ordinances, but it helps to keep Wellsville a beautiful, healthful city.