IDENTIFYING & PREVENTING STORMWATER POLLUTION
Stormwater runoff is water from rain that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil and sloped lawns. Municipal storm sewer systems, storm drain inlets, pipes and ditches collect storm water runoff and convey it directly to local bodies of water.Ideally, the storm water runoff is contaminate free. In reality, it picks up pollutants such as soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, and debris and transports them to waterways where they are discharged with no treatment. This is storm water pollution.
Disposal of anything other than storm water in storm sewers is illegal. It is important to remember that municipal storm sewer systems are not set up to treat or process anything and exist solely to transport rain water to surrounding river, streams, and other bodies of water.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT OUR WATER QUALITY
- Never dump anything down storm drains
- Dispose of household waste properly
- Use fertilizer sparingly, sweep up any excess from driveways, sidewalks and roads
- Avoid pesticides
- Pick up after your pet
- Direct downspouts onto grassy areas away from paved surfaces
- Check vehicles for leaks
Ordinance 2021-01 updates and revises Section 916 Entitled "Stormwater Management" of the Land Management Ordinance of the Borough of Far Hills in compliance with the regulations governing stormwater control and management pursuant to the NJDEP.
Borough of Far Hills Stormwater Management Plan