What is Stormwater Pollution?
Did you know that stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water quality problems in the State of Maine?
Stormwater is rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground, and when it runs off our lawns, driveways, parking lots, and roads it picks up pollutants such as gas and oil, excess fertilizer and pesticides, as well as pet waste, litter, and even food products that have been spilled on the ground. Stormwater carries these pollutants, untreated, into the catch basins, storm drains and roadway ditches which in turn flow into the Saco River, Thatcher Brook, West Brook, Dungeon Brook & Moors Brook
Atlantic Ocean, Little River, Swan Pond Brook. The City of Biddeford is working to prevent stormwater pollution.
What is the City doing to help?
The City of Biddeford in cooperation with Maine DEP:
1) provides a reasonable way for residents to properly dispose of hazardous materials in order to reduce the incentive to dump hazardous materials into the storm sewer system (or the sanitary sewer system) by having a hazardous waste collection day 3 times per year (along with Saco and Scarborough.
2) educates municipal employees so that they can recognize and report illicit discharges when they observe them.
3) implements, and enforces a program to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff to their MS4 from construction activities that result in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre.
4) develops and implements an operation and maintenance program with the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations into the storm sewer system;
5) removes sand and sediment and associated pollutants from publicly owned roads, and parking lots to reduce their discharge into the storm sewer system by street sweeping activities.
6) removes sand and sediment and associated pollutants from catch basins and other stormwater structures to reduce their discharge to waters of the state.
For even more information, visit: http://www.thinkbluemaine.org/