Stormwater runoff is created when rain falls on pavement, buildings, and other impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. In developed areas, like the City of Mason, we limit flooding by moving this runoff from our roads, parking lots and neighborhoods through storm drains, which discarge directly into rivers and streams. Since the discharge from separate stormsewer systems does not get processed at a treatment plant, any contaminant on the gound can "hitch a ride" with runoff and impact our shared surface waters. Pet waste, oil, leaves, and dirty water from cleaning your car can enter storm drains and flow downstream where it harms aquatic habitats and makes water unsafe for swimming, canoeing, and other water-related activities. The City takes steps to reduce this pollution to improve wtar quality and to meet State and Federal requirements.
What You Can Do To Protect Our Water
- Check your sump pump and roof drain connections. Sump pumps and roof drains should NOT be connected to the Sanitary Sewer System. A sump pump’s discharge should flow into a storm sewer connection, a catch basin, a street curb, or on a grassy area in your lawn.
- Keep storm sewer catch basins near your home clear from trash, debris, sticks, and leaves.
- Wash your vehicles in a grassy area not in your driveway or street.
- Do not dump anything onto the streets, your driveway, or in the catch basins.
- Repair vehicle leaks. Any oil or antifreeze that is on the street, in the parking lot, or on your driveway is washed into the storm water system and goes directly to the receiving waters (Sycamore Creek).
- Use lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides sparingly.
- Report any unauthorized dumping.
- Dispose of pet waste in the trash.
Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management
Ingham County, Household Hazardous Waste Collection
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