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Keep Clearwater Clean & Green

6/24/2014 2:13:32 PM

Contact: Environmental Division, (727) 562-4750

June 24, 2014

Keep Clearwater Clean & Green

Clearwater, Fla. -- With summertime comes afternoon rains and high grasses. When manicuring your lawn, be sure to properly dispose of grass clippings, leaves, and other vegetative debris. Lawn service providers must make sure they are not blowing clippings into the street, toward catch basins, or down storm drains.

While storm water often travels through pipes under our roads just like sewage, it is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant. Instead, storm water carries grass and leaves from lawns directly into ponds, lakes, rivers and bays. Because water runs off our yards, it is important to reduce the amount of pollutants on our property. Trash, debris, and pollutants in yards – like fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides – can wash into the stormwater system, polluting our environment and also causing blockages in storm pipes.

You can help:

- Maintain good vegetative ground cover, such as grass, plants, etc. to help prevent soil and sediment from washing into drains.

- Sweep areas regularly to prevent objects from washing into storm drains.

- Dispose of yard clippings, leaves, branches, pine cones, etc. at the local landfill, or bag them to be picked up for yard waste recycling.

- Clean up spills, rather than wash them into the street or catch basin. You can use paper towels, cat littler, and oil-absorbent pads.

- Pick up after your pet.

The city encourages the reporting of malicious illicit discharge. If you see someone improperly disposing of dangerous materials, call Pinellas County at (727) 464-4425 or the Stormwater Watch Line at (727) 464-5060. For more information, call the city’s Stormwater Division at (727) 562-4950.

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