Types of Pollution Report Pollution What can You do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution?
Stormwater pollution is the biggest challenge for our clean streams, rivers, and lakes. In fact, it is the number one source of pollution to our waterways.
How? Seemingly small amounts of pollution transported by the City’s stormwater system accumulate into large amounts and end up in our drainage system, and our local streams, rivers and lakes. They add up fast!
You can help by reducing your contribution of pollutants!
Types of Pollution
These are the most common types of pollution found in our waterways.
- Sediment is the scientific term for mud, dirt, and soil. While it is a natural part of the environment, too much of it in one place can pollute our streams, lakes, and rivers.
- Trash and Debris that is not thrown away or recycled go in our storm drains and in then into our streams, creeks and rivers.
- Heavy Metals in our waterways come from sources such as industrial processes, old equipment and vehicles, sewage sludge, metal piping and materials. Heavy metals in our water can cause problems for humans, wildlife and aquatic life.
- Chemicals can be found in some everyday items we use such as paints, insecticides, pesticides, food processing waste, cleaning detergents, soaps, solvents, acids, bleaching powers, chlorine.
- Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) cause problems for our stormwater and sewer systems and create pollution in our streams, creeks and Rivers.
- Pathogens include things like sewer overflows, pet waste, transient camps, dead animals, and livestock.
Pollution is illegal! Throwing away or dumping litter into the stormwater system is against the law. Our stormwater system includes street, ditches, storm drains and pipes lakes, streams, and rivers. If you see pollution or someone illegally dumping litter into the stormwater system, call the Stormwater Helpline at 919-996-3940 or send an email to IllegalDischarge@raleighnc.gov.
See a clogged stormwater drain or pipe? Contact stormwater maintenance.
What can You do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution?
- Become a volunteer and help protect the planet! You can volunteer for a day or on a more long-term basis.
- Learn how we monitor streams As a stream monitor, you'll learn more about Raleigh's waterways and collect data on the overall health/quality of a stream. Learn how you can become a stream monitor
- Try these six easy tips to prevent pollution and help protect our streams.