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Stormwater Coalition Newsletters & Resources

Stormwater Coalition Newsletter Series
Here are factsheets to help you get involved in stormwater issues in your area. Each factsheet is full of information
and many include tips to help reduce stormwater pollution. Stormwater Coalition members are encouraged to
distribute these to your communities.

January 2016 | Free Stormwater Webcasts & more

August 2015 | Flooding FAQs

How Can I Keep My Stormwater Pond From Becoming a Nuisance?

What is a Septic System? How do I Maintain One?

Change in the Weather, Change Stormwater Strategies
Leaf Collection & Management

Falling leaves, falling temperatures. Time to prepare for winter weather and change stormwater strategies for the new season.

End of Season Pool and Hot Tub Draining

Outdoor Car Washing

Using "Green Infrastructure" in Neighborhoods | February 2014

Preparing Gardens for Spring Rains

Floodplain Map Updates 2011

Putting Yard Waste to Work
Grass clippings, tree branches and other yard debris can be put to good work. Don’t dispose of it; re-use it as fertilizer, compost, or mulch.

Household Hazardous Waste
Proper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) prevents stormwater pollution and it’s the law. Your community provides facilities for safe disposal. This factsheet will help you identify common HHW sources and provide information on the options for recycling and disposal.

Storm Drain Stenciling
Storm drain stenciling is a common public outreach method for stormwater jurisdictions. Stencils painted near storm drains remind people that “drains are for rain” so they will not dump anything except stormwater into the drain. Storm drain stenciling programs also present an opportunity for public involvement if youth groups participate.

Winter Snow and Ice Removal
Shoveling and using de-icers, chemical products that melt snow and ice, are the most common snow removal methods. However, de-icers can cause stormwater pollution and damage to vegetation. This factsheet provides tips for stormwater-safe snow and ice removal practices and an overview of common de-icing products.

Don’t Let Your Pet Pollute
Dog waste and cat litter are a source of pollution for our streams if not properly disposed. Studies show that as much as 20% of bacteria found in streams come from dogs and only about 60% of people clean up the waste (USA Today June 2002). Pet waste in your yard or during walks is easily cleaned up with a scooping tool and disposable bag. Scooped waste should be flushed down your toilet where the water will be treated before entering the stream.

Fertilize Your Lawn If You Must, But Don’t Fertilize the Water
Save money on your lawn care maintenance and reduce pollution in stormwater by not fertilizing your lawn by conventional methods. Traditional fertilizers contain high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, which wash down storm drains into streams. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algal blooms resulting in loss of fish and unpleasant odors. This factsheet explains how to grow an ecologically sound lawn with little or no fertilizer.

What Lucas County Residents Should Know about FEMA and Flood Risk
Flooding can be a problem for Lucas County residents despite efforts to prevent it. Flood maps that show where floodplains are located can be used to determine whether you should purchase flood insurance for your home. Homes in Special Flood Hazard Areas must have flood insurance. This factsheet discusses flooding in our region and a possible discount program for flood insurance.

Great Ditches Make Great Lakes
The Great Lakes, which account for 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, are a local resource that you can protect through stormwater management. The Great Lakes are fed by local streams and rivers, which often contain pollution from stormwater runoff. Increased use of biofiltration in place of conventional ditches can improve water quality and habitat, reduce erosion and flooding, and provide economic benefits for this region. The factsheet gives an overview of the positive effects of riparian setbacks and biofiltration systems. Jurisdictions can adopt ordinances to help streamline the setback establishment process for private landowners.

Storm Drains are for Rain, Not Paint
Spring cleaning is a great way to organize your house, but you should take care when disposing of old computers, electronics, and other hazardous items. Provided is a link full of local organizations that will collect these materials for recycling or proper disposal as these items should never be mixed in with your regular trash and never poured down a storm drain.

 


Resources

Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Shop Poster Series
One part of the NPDES stormwater permit requirements is training employees on Good Housekeeping Practices (GHPs). Trained employees learn how to protect water and reduce stormwater pollution at their facilities. GHP training is reinforced when these shop posters are posted in the applicable facilities.

Click on the titles below to print 11 x 17, full-color posters
Fleet Maintenance
Drainage Maintenance
Materials Storage, Handling, and Clean Up
Parks and Grounds Management
Spill Response Plan Template
Streets Maintenance
Snow Removal

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Practices for Municipal Operations
Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping is one of the six required control measures for stormwater permits. This manual provides guidance on pollution prevention practices useful for activities at municipal facilities. Self-audit checklists and spill response forms are found in the Appendix.

Stormwater Permit Requirements

Stormwater Management and Compliance with Ohio EPA Stormwater Permitting
This is a condensed version of TMACOG’s Stormwater Management Standards Manual, 3rd edition, for use by elected officials, administrators, and the public. It contains information about stormwater management with select examples from the full manual.

Stormwater Management Standards Manual: The Stormwater Coalition and TMACOG developed the Stormwater Management Standards Manual, third edition, which provides jurisdictions with model ordinances and technical information to design and implement the recommended stormwater management practices. The Stormwater Management Standards Manual is also a tool for builders, developers, engineers, and inspectors who are concerned with protecting water during and after construction activities.

House Bill 411: The Substitute House Bill 411 for Ohio provides counties with additional authority regarding sewer systems construction and rule-making to prevent sewer back-ups.

>>Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)
>>MS4 Permit Compliance | Addressing Watershed Impairments

 

 

 

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