Have you noticed a storm drain in front of your home or business, school, or house of worship?
Take these SIMPLE ACTIONS to make a BIG IMPACT on your local waterways and prevent flooding on the roads:
Did you know that we have over 63,000 storm drains along our public roads in Montgomery County, and thousands more on private roads or private parking lots? While our road and highway departments are responsible for the maintenance along roads, as neighbors we can help protect the health of our streams and the Chesapeake Bay by keeping them clean! Although 63,000 public storm drains sounds like a lot of work, that’s only one storm drain per every six households in Montgomery County, so it’s not asking a lot.
Leaves, grass clippings, trash, and sediment that run into storm drains have a large impact on our waterways, as they contain nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen that cause algae blooms, and heavy metals, petrochemicals, hydrocarbon, crumbling asphalt, and bacteria that are toxic to aquatic life and pollute our drinking water. Some storm drains gobble up 50-100 pounds of dry sediment, trash, and leaves per year if we don’t keep it out. Clogged drains also lead to flooding in roadways, or ice in the winter.
Do your part to clean the nearest storm drain! Simple, right?