In order to protect our water resources from pollution, Denton County will conduct activities designed to increase public awareness about and encourage involvement in the Storm Water Program. The County will distribute materials, make presentations, and maintain this website in an effort to increase awareness. And provide ways our citizens can get involved in keeping our lakes and streams clean and clear of pollutants. There are links throughout this site to identify ways to reduce our risk of polluting our waterways.

Preventing pollution is a much more cost-effective method of keeping our waters clean than treating polluted water. It is important that we all do our part to keep pollutants out of our waterways. Most people understand that dumping a truckload of a nasty chemical directly into our lakes and streams is a bad thing. The problem with storm water is that many people put small amounts of less dangerous substances on their lawns or in our waterways. Without thinking about it can be just as bad as the whole truckload.

The storm water program public awareness campaign is designed to get the word out that we all have a role to play in preventing water pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already announced that storm water runoff from urban areas is one of the leading pollutants in our waterways. However, the types of pollutants found in urban storm water runoff are not what most people think of as pollutants.

Brochures & Documents

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Top 4 Pollutants in Storm Water

  1. Debris
  2. Fertilizers
  3. Illegal Dumping
  4. Sediment

Debris is another major problem associated with storm water runoff. Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and all of the other things that get cast aside as we rush from one point to the next. All of these things end up in our waterways and cause a variety of problems for aquatic life and water quality in general. Keeping our waterways clean and clear is just one more reason why we should not litter.