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Keep Clearwater Bright and Beautiful

12/29/2016 4:28:31 PM

Contact: Stormwater Division of Engineering, (727) 562-4750

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 29, 2016

Keep Clearwater Bright and Beautiful

Clearwater, Fla. -- Temperatures are cooling down, making it more pleasant to tend to yard work. Be sure to properly dispose of grass clippings, leaves and other vegetative debris when maintaining lawns. If you own a lawn or gardening service, be careful not to blow clippings into the street, toward catch basins or down storm drains. Residents should not pile trash on or near catch basins. While stormwater often travels through pipes under roads just like sewage, it is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant. Instead, stormwater carries grass and leaves from lawns directly into ponds, lakes, rivers and bays and can clog storm drains.

Because water runs off of yards, it is also important to reduce the amount of pollutants on properties. Trash, debris and pollutants in yards – such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides – can wash into the stormwater system, polluting the environment and causing blockages in storm pipes.

Here’s how you can help:

- Maintain good vegetative ground cover, such as grass, plants, etc. to help prevent soil and sediment from washing into drains.

- Sweep areas regularly to prevent objects from washing into storm drains.

- Dispose of yard clippings, leaves, branches, pine cones, etc. at the local landfill, or bag them to be picked up for yard waste recycling.

- Clean up spills, rather than wash them into the street or catch basins. You can use paper towels, cat littler or oil-absorbent pads.

- Pick up after your pet.

The city encourages the reporting of malicious illicit discharge. If you see someone improperly disposing of dangerous materials, call Pinellas County at (727) 464-4425 or the Stormwater Watch Line at (727) 464-5060. For more information, call the city’s Stormwater Division at (727) 562-4950.

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