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Clean water is everyone’s business and since St. Augustine is surrounded by water bodies--the Matanzas River, San Sebastian River and Salt Run--it’s everyone’s business to help make the waterways cleaner today than yesterday.
By definition, these local rivers and creeks are all categorized as surface waters and are regulated by the St. Johns River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the U. S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The City of St. Augustine is making important changes to improve the stormwater system throughout the city to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The EPA implemented stormwater regulations to ultimately improve to the surface water quality throughout the nation.
Stormwater runoff empties directly into our Matanzas River and tributaries.
Our surface waters can be polluted from the daily activities of businesses and individuals as well as construction since storm drains connect directly to water bodies. Rainfall can wash pollutants from parking lots, roof tops, garbage piles and nearly anything that rain may come in contact with. Rainwater coming in contact with a surface begins to form puddles or surface flow which is called stormwater. Once the stormwater has become contaminated, pollutants are then transported to roadways and storm drains which ultimately drain into our surface waters.
Retention ponds and other types of stormwater impoundment structures can be used to intercept and reduce the pollutant content of stormwater; however, the best way to reduce pollutants from going into our rivers and creeks is to stop it at its source. This means proper maintenance of vehicles, proper containment of garbage, minimal use of fertilizers and keeping the stormdrains clear of foreign matter such as grass clipping and trash.
Keep Storm Drains Clean
Local stormdrain with grass cuttings which clogs storm water pipes and flows directly into our waterbodies.
Remember that pollutants flushed down storm drains directly affects the quality of our rivers and could possibly make them unsafe for boating, fishing, swimming and other water related activities.
Follow the links below to learn more about the NPDES program, stormwater pollution and ways that you can do your part to reduce stormwater pollution. For more information call the City of St. Augustine’s Department of Public Works 904.825.1040.