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Do you maintain or plow parking lots and parking garages? Did you know that accumulated snow from plowing can be full of pollutants, sediments, oils, trash and debris? These “stormwater pollutants” can flow into storm drains and may eventually reach creeks and waterways. Use these best management practices to prevent pollutants from snow melt from reaching drains or creeks:

• Store excess, plowed snow on a pervious (non-paved or landscaped) area where melt water can infiltrate into the ground.
• Sweep or clean parking lots, parking garages, stormwater inlets, catch basins, culverts, concrete drainage pans, or other drainage structures in the fall and the spring, and after major snowstorms.
• Clean up any fluid spills or leaks using dry clean-up methods (absorbents and sweeping).
• Ensure that drains located within parking garages discharge to the sanitary sewer, not to the storm drain system.
• Use salt and/or deicers sparingly. If truck-applying salts and deicers, use the lowest application rate that will be effective and ensure that the application equipment is calibrated.
• Never plow or blow snow, salt, sand, deicers, or other debris directly into creeks, rivers, or ponds.
 
Dirt 1     Dirt 2
 
This dirt and debris will run right into the storm drain! 
 
Posted: December 2017