What are the effects of stormwater pollution?
  • Health: Stormwater pollution can pose a serious health risk due to pesticides, bacteria, and chemicals that are washed from our city streets, parking lots, and drainages.
  • Environment: Plants and animals living along the waterways where stormwater discharges may become sick or die from contact with contaminated stormwater.
  • Neighborhoods: Clogged catch basins significantly decrease the quality of life in many neighborhoods throughout Salt Lake County. These "nests" of trash and debris can attract rats and cockroaches, create foul odors, and clog the storm drain system affecting neighborhood aesthetics and property values, and can even cause local flooding.

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1. Is stormwater treated?
2. Is there a difference between the stormwater system and the sanitary sewer system?
3. What are the effects of stormwater pollution?
4. What Should I do if I see someone littering in the storm drain or gutter?