Stormwater Pollution: What Is It? and What Can I Do About It?
In urban areas,
where there are more parking lots, sidewalks, paved streets and rooftops, less rainfall can soak into the ground. The runoff
is carried by curbs or gutters into storm drains or spillways. Storm drains are separate from the sanitary sewer and DO NOT
lead to a treatment plant. The stormwater runoff is ultimately deposited in our washes, rivers, or lakes without being treated.
Stormwater Best Management Practices Fact Sheet Series
These fact sheets contain helpful tips on how you can prevent or reduce stormwater pollution.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Brochures
- After the Storm: A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding Stormwater
- Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
- Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
What Else Can I Do to Help Reduce Stormwater Pollution?
- Organize or participate in a community clean up event
- Report Littering or Illegal Dumping
The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Stormwater Program staff provides free presentations on stormwater
pollution and prevention to schools, homeowner or neighborhood associations, community groups and other organizations. To
request a presentation, please e-mail or call (602) 372-0581.
Public Service Announcements
Maricopa County is a member of STORM (Stormwater Outreach for Regional
Municipalities), a not-for-profit organization established to promote regional stormwater education through public outreach.
For further information on STORM, please visit their website.