Since we live and work in an environmentally sensitive area, it's important to be aware of how to reduce stormwater pollution. Here are a few ways to protect the water where you swim and fish.
Make Changes in Your Yard
Plant a yard that includes low maintenance plants that adapt to Florida's climate. These plants will require less water, fertilizer and pesticides and therefore can reduce harmful runoff. Be sure to plant ground covers to prevent soil erosion.
Use a commercial car wash or wash your car over a grassy area to prevent detergents from running into the street where they can get into our sensitive water system.
Prevent Pollution from Getting into the Water
Keep litter, leaves and pet wastes out of street gutters and storm drains.
Properly Dispose of Hazardous Materials
Recycle used motor oil. Take paints, antifreeze and other toxic products to a household chemical collection center. For information call: Pinellas County at 727-464-4623.
Report Illicit Discharges
Be sure to call the Public Works Department at 727-363-9243 if you see anyone:
Pouring motor oil, paints, chemicals or cleaning fluids down storm drains or gutters
Putting grass clippings in a storm drain, swale or canal
Letting chlorinated pool water run into a gutter, storm drain or canal
Letting anything other than rainwater go into a storm drain.
Brochures and more information are available at City Hall.