Stormwater Public Participation and Involvement
Most people think that storm water runoff goes through the storm drains to a treatment plant before being released to the river. Actually, the runoff drains directly to the river without any treatment whatsoever. As it travels to the storm sewer system the runoff picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and carries them straight into our rivers, lakes and streams. It is also important to keep storm drain inlets clean. If trash, grass clippings, branches or mud clog the inlets it can cause localized flooding. Storm drain stenciling provides a visual reminder to people that they should never dump anything down a storm drain. Citizen groups and high school students have helped spread this message by stenciling local storm drains. If you have a group which would like to participate in this project please contact the Stormwater Department at (719) 276-5265.
The City financially supports the Upper Arkansas Recycling program and advertises for a recycling activities held at municipal facilities. The recycling program also assists in proper disposal of hazardous materials such as oil through referrals and information to keep pollutants out of our waterways. If you'd like more information on recycling programs, please contact the Stormwater Department at (719) 276-5265 or visit the Upper Arkanasas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG) webpage.