Signs of Stormwater Pollution





Whenever rain falls, water flows across city streets and fields and washes soil particles, pesticides, pet wastes, oil and other pollutants into lakes and streams. This process is called non-point source or runoff pollution. The symptoms of runoff pollution are all too familiar: weed-choked lakes, muddy rivers that flood frequently, and an overabundance of carp in our favorite fishing holes. Sediments and nutrients cause many of the problems we see in streams and lakes.



Sediments are soil particles eroded from construction sites, stream banks and cropland. Sediments also include dirt, flakes of metal, and small pieces of broken pavement washed off city streets. When these particles reach lakes and streams they do more than turn the water brown.



Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen come from sediments, manure, pet wastes, improperly maintained septic systems and misapplications of fertilizers on lawns or farm fields. When these nutrients reach our lakes and streams they do more than just turn the water green.


Helping Out

Runoff pollution upsets the delicate balance of aquatic communities, forces fish and wildlife that require clean water to find new homes, and ruins recreational opportunities. We don't have to settle for streams and lakes that are brown with sediment and green with algae. Individuals and communities can take steps to improve water quality.


The City Engineer, Engineering Inspectors and Public Works crew are well trained to identify, inspect and monitor storm water impacts of illicit discharges.


If you have seen or know of any illicit discharge into the City’s stormwater system, please call Code Enforcement at (772) 388-4436. Calls must not be anonymous.

More information can be obtained from your City's Clean Water Program coordinator at


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