FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2021
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Town Reminds Residents How to Reduce Stormwater Pollution
Part of “Lift Up Local” Small Businesses Recovery Campaign
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board would like to remind residents how to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution in the colder months by providing some helpful tips.
Stormwater is the result of the water from rain or melting snow that flows into drainage infrastructure, like storm drains and catch basins. This untreated water does not absorb into the ground, but instead migrates into our local waterways and streams. Untreated stormwater can carry debris and pollutants which can lead to the destruction of aquatic life and habitats and even impact the health of our drinking water.
“We encourage our residents to help our environment by doing their part in preventing stormwater pollution,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Stormwater runoff can lead to harmful conditions for wildlife and negatively impact the quality of our drinking water. It is easy to do your part to reduce stormwater runoff. Following some simple tips can help prevent pollutants and debris from entering our lakes, rivers, and waterways.”
Residential Stormwater Tips for the Fall/Winter Include:
- Do not pile snow on top of storm drains or near water bodies and wetlands.
- Try to collect leaves that are near drains
- Pile snow in locations with the most opportunity to infiltrate the ground
- Do not pile snow onto rain gardens or bio retention areas