Did you know that everything that goes down the storm drain goes into the nearest body of water - Untreated
Stormwater runoff refers to rain, melted snow and ice from any hard surface: roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, roofs, your yard etc. It’s typically directed towards the street and into the municipal storm sewer system. This stormwater runoff picks up harmful substances such as road salt, fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and pet and yard waste as it runs across any hard surface then down the curb to the nearest storm sewer. Then it flows into the nearest body of water (Bay of Quinte), untreated, where it can harm water quality and aquatic habitat.
You can help improve stormwater quality by: picking up pet waste, washing your car on the lawn, using zero P fertilizer and sweeping any excess off hard surfaces, getting a rain barrel, cleaning up the sand and salt left after the winter, and not dumping anything down the storm sewer you don't want to drink.
Build a rain garden on your property
A rain garden is a fun and inexpensive way to manage the stormwater runoff from your yard. Rain gardens are placed between stormwater runoff sources (roofs, driveways, parking lots) and runoff destinations (streets and storm sewers).
A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground that can be planted with any combination of shrubs, grasses or flowers. The plants and soil work together allowing the water to soak into the ground and filter pollutants, just as they do in nature. Besides helping water quality and reducing runoff, rain garden plants provide habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. Remember to use native plants.
By reducing the amount of contaminants in stormwater you will be helping to keep the Bay of Quinte a healthy and vibrant ecosystem.
Here is a web site to get you started - Rain Gardens