Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Picture of a river located in Pasco CountyPasco County is responsible for meeting requirements mandated by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The County's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit is part of the Federal Clean Water Act for reducing stormwater pollutants in our water bodies. The county is responsible for ensuring that our stormwater runoff and discharges do not pollute the waters of the United States.

Today, stormwater runoff is one of the greatest sources of water pollution. This condition originates from rainwater after it hits the ground. Stormwater runoff picks up waste and debris as it flows across the roads and land, carrying pollutants into our waterways. This is why it is important to dispose of trash and waste properly so that it doesn’t become polluted stormwater runoff.

When it rains, pollutants on lawns, roads, and paved areas are washed into storm drains. This polluted stormwater runoff eventually ends up in our waterways. By being aware of our actions, and making simple changes in our daily routine, we can help prevent water pollution and protect our waterways. 

What you can do

  • Contact local government agencies for locations of hazardous waste disposal facilities
  • Dispose of pet waste containers or in the trash
  • Keep fertilizers off paved surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and roads
  • Keep grass and leaves out of roads and storm drains
  • Maintain your vehicle and repair any oil, transmission, or radiator leaks as soon as possible
  • Participate in community cleanups
  • Place litter in trash receptacles to keep it out of roads, storm drains, and waterways
  • Sweep or blow grass clippings back onto the lawn or dispose of them in the trash
  • Use grass and leaves as a resource for compost
  • Use pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers sparingly

Want to learn more?

To learn more about how you can prevent and reduce stormwater pollution, view Preserving our Waterways.

Report illicit discharges/illegal dumping to Pasco County: 727-834-3611