Recreation sewage is not a pollutant many people think about, but it is an important one none the less. Many recreation vehicles have toilet facilities located on board. If these systems are flushed directly into our waterways, or even onto a grassy surface, they can lead to severe problems with water quality.
As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system, drainage ditch, or directly to a stream or lake. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the watershed we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes and streams. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors.