Storm Water Resources and Training Material

  1. What You Can Do
  2. Youth Educational Resources
  3. Employee Training

Easy things you can do to clean up our waters:

  1. Don’t dump chemicals, pet waste, yard waste, or other garbage into storm ditches, culverts, storm sewers, storm drains, or catch basins.
  2. 40% of water pollution is caused by motor oil which is 100% recyclable. If you change your own oil, dispose of it properly. Many auto shops and oil change businesses take recycled oil. Or, if your area has hazardous waste disposal events, save it for one of those.
  3. Clean up leaves and grass clippings that accumulate on your driveway, sidewalk, or street. Never dump yard waste along stream banks, over hill sides, or into the street.
  4. Wash your car at a commercial car wash, or, if you must wash your car at home, do so on the lawn.
  5. Minimize your use of salt on driveways and sidewalks.
  6. Sweep (do not wash) fertilizer and soil off of driveways and sidewalks.
  7. If you use a septic system, make sure it is maintained in good working order.
  8. Cover or seed all bare soil and preserve stream side vegetation. Sedimentation (or soil) is our number one water pollutant by volume.
  9. Avoid overuse of fertilizers and pesticides. Test your soils to determine the amount needed and apply only when necessary.
  10. Store household chemicals, such as oil, gasoline, antifreeze, paint, stain, and pesticides, properly. For proper disposal procedures, call your local jurisdiction.
  11. Pick up litter whenever you see it. This includes cigarette butts. The filters take 10 years to decompose and can contaminate our waterways.

For information about what you can do to manage storm water and protect local water quality check out these ideas and links:

Regional Storm Water Collaborative of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky

Butler County Soil and Water Conservation Workshops

Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District

Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District

What You Can Do to Prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution

After the Storm Video

What Is Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS)?

Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff (PDF)

Take the Stormwater Runoff Challenge (PDF)

Make Your Home the Solution to Pollution (PDF)

Water Efficient Landscaping (PDF)

What You Can Do (Regional Stormwater Collaborative)