The Federal Clean Water Act requires that stormwater discharges from certain types of facilities be authorized under stormwater discharge permits. (See 40 CFR 122.26). The goal of the stormwater permits program is to reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams, lakes, and rivers as a result of runoff from residential, commercial, and industrical areas. In Colorado, stormwater discharge permits are issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division. Click here for more information regarding permit issuance.
Understanding Your Role in Reducing Stormwater Runoff Polution
Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or snowmelt flows over the ground on its way to storm drains, drainageways, creeks, and lakes. Stormwater picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, pet wastes and other pollutants and deposits them in bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing, and drinking.
The Three A's of Stormwater Pollution Control:
1. Be Aware of your part in stormwater runoff
2. Take Action and change habits that can make a difference in our waterways
3. Notice Activities that may adversely affect drainageways, creeks, and lakes
Illicit dumping is a significant issue and can result in fines. If you witness illegal dumping on school district property, please report the incident to district security at 303-347-3420.