How do we keep DFC water clean and safe?

Image of hands letting water splash over themDid you know that  stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of pollution in rivers and lakes? Rainwater flows over parking lots, lawns, sidewalks, picking up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm drain system or directly into a body of water like DFC’s McIntyre Gulch that converges with Lakewood Gulch and then flows into the Platte River. Anything that enters a storm sewer system flows untreated into water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking.

While the GSA has a DFC stormwater management plan in place, you play a key role in helping keep our water clean and safe. Water pollution is often unintentional; it’s caused by things we do everyday at work, at home and at play.

Whether at work or home, here are seven tips to help keep our water clean and safe:

  • Check your car for leaks and spills. Make repairs as soon as possible.
  • Clean up spilled fluids with absorbent material; don’t rinse spills into a nearby storm drain.
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors.
  • Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
  • Cover piles of dirt and mulch being used in landscaping projects to prevent these materials from blowing or washing into local water bodies.
  • Cover trash containers so rain can’t enter them and wash material into gutters and storm drains.
  • Don’t flush wash water from equipment down storm drains.

With your help, we can maintain the integrity and natural beauty of our waterways that in turn, will continue to provide clean water for fish, wildlife and humans.

Last Reviewed 2016-02-24