Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Pasco 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 waterbodies. Pasco 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 stormwater which is 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. That’s why it’s important to dispose of trash and waste properly so that it doesn’t become polluted stormwater runoff.

By being aware of our actions, and making simple changes in our daily routine, we can help prevent water pollution and protect our waterways. 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.

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What You Can Do!

  • Place litter in trash receptacles so that the waste does not end up in roads, storm drains, or waterways.
  • Keep fertilizers off paved surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and roads.
  • Cut down on the usage of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Use these chemicals sparingly.
  • Keep grass and leaves out of roads and storm drains.
  • Sweep or blow grass clippings back onto the lawn or dispose of them in the trash.
  • Use grass and leave clippings as a resource for compost.
  • Clean up after your pets. Dispose of waste in the trash or in a pet waste container.
  • Contact local government agencies for locations of hazardous waste disposal facilities.
  • Maintain your car and fix any oil, transmission, or radiator leaks as soon as possible.
  • Participate in community cleanups.

Taking These Actions Helps Protect Our Waterways and the Environment!


To learn more on what you can do to help
 prevent and reduce stormwater pollution in our waterways:

Watch The Preserving Our Waterways Video

 Report illicit discharges/illegal dumping to
 Pasco County’s Stormwater Management Division
 CALL 727-834-3611

Become a Solution to Stormwater Pollution!