KEARNEY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
MCM #3 Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Capetown’s crisis is in the spotlight now, but other metropolitan areas could soon follow:
1. Catch the hair! Cover drains with screens or filters to prevent hair from flowing into the drain while cleaning or bathing.
2. Dispose of fats and oils properly. Bag fats and oils and throw them in the trash instead of allowing them to run down the drains.
3. Avoid planting trees close to your main line or sewer line. Tree roots seek and penetrate drain pipes for water.
4. Flush drains with vinegar and baking soda to help clear grease and dissolve organic material. Sprinkle baking soda into the pipes followed by vinegar. Let the mixture sit for several hours then flush with hot water.
KEARNEY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
Safer Choice labels identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. The EPA’s voluntary Safer Choice program reviews product ingredients, product performance, pH, packaging, and VOC content.
Every ingredient must meet strict safety criteria for both human health and the environment, including carcinogenicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity, toxicity to aquatic life, and persistence in the environment.
Products pass category-specific performance standards as defined in the Safer Choice Standard. All products must perform comparably to conventional products.
One of six sustainable packaging measures must be implemented for the product.
pH: Labeled products must meet pH standards that minimize the potential for skin and eye irritation or injury.
Safer Choice restricts VOC content to minimize indoor air pollution and associated respiratory concerns.
For more information: https://www.epa.gov/
Trees play a critical role in managing our city’s stormwater runoff. Enjoy this interactive poster from the Arbor Day Foundation highlighting the role trees play in urban stormwater management.
Twelve wells supply the City of Scottsbluff’s drinking water. We have no need to add chlorine or chemicals because of the high quality groundwater. The wells pump an average 4 million gallons a day to supply residents, businesses, and industry within the City.
Because we rely on groundwater it is important to avoid contaminating our supply. Materials like fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline, oil, road salts and chemicals move through soil and seep into groundwater supplies making it unsafe and unfit for human use. Please preserve our water supply with proper use and care of chemicals, cars, and other substances that can contribute to ground, and groundwater, pollution.
Researchers, led by Estelle Chaussard from the University of Buffalo, link ground water recovery in Santa Clara Valley California to the state’s newly instated water conservation efforts—policies that diverted surface water to refill aquifers
In 2013, interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSARa) measured a 2-centimeter decrease in ground-level elevation, followed by another 3 centimeters in 2014. The research team estimates a groundwater loss of about a tenth of a cubic kilometer caused the ground to shrink or lower.
Ground surfaces began to expand and rise in September 2015, rising nearly 2 centimeters over the next two years and were at pre-study levels by the end of 2016. This reflects the same time surface water diversion policy went into effect.