What type of pollutants are found in stormwater?
Some of the most common contaminants that are found in stormwater are listed below. For more information see the stormwater overview:
  • Sediment from eroded soil and construction sites
  • Excess nutrients from lawn fertilizers
  • Excess organic matter from leaf and grass clippings
  • Bacteria and disease causing organisms from pet waste or raw, untreated sewage
  • Debris / Trash such as plastic bags, cans, bottles, and cigarette butts
  • Household hazardous waste like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids
  • Metal particles deposited on roadways from automobiles

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
3. Where does my stormwater go?
4. Who do I call if I see anyone illegally dumping into the storm drain?
5. What can I do to help?
6. What type of pollutants are found in stormwater?