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Tips and Information for Minimizing Stormwater Pollutants

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tips and Information for Minimizing Stormwater Pollutants 

March 19, 2018 – Hannibal, MO – Did you know that organic plant material like grass clippings, leaf litter, and shrub trimmings are a significant source of stormwater pollution? When this debris is blown into the street or placed in a ditch there is the possibility of causing drainage and flooding issues as the debris can block these necessary stormwater conveyances. Since stormwater is not treated before entering nearby streams, creeks, or the Mississippi River, the debris can have other unintended impacts on the natural ecology. As the debris breaks down, it adds excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous to the water, leading to unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds impacting the aquatic life and ultimately the overall water quality.

With warmer weather on the horizon, you might be cleaning up the lawn and preparing your garden for the upcoming season, we would like to offer the following tips to address the proper way to dispose of yard waste without impacting the stormwater entering our local waterways:

We all share responsibility in keeping our community’s streets and waterways clean. If you have witnessed illegal dumping, or other acts that may be in violation, you can report it by calling the HBPW’s stormwater department at 573-221-8050, or anonymously report the incident online at  https://www.hannibalbpw.org/stormwater-department/.

For additional information, please visit the Stormwater Department page on the HBPW website at www.hannibalbpw.org.

 

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March 19th, 2018