Get Involved - Public Education

A fish next to the words, "Gasoline, weed killer, nail polish, motor oil, fertilizer."
Poster reads, "Pet waste on the ground means E. coli in our water. Clean up after your pup."
Poster reads, "What goes on the ground ends up in our water."
Stormwater run-off occurs when rain falls on roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops, and other paved surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. 

In the Lansing Area, run-off will travel over the land, into storm drains, and through smaller tributaries before discharging into the Grand River on its way to Lake Michigan (and eventually the Atlantic Ocean). 

This run-off picks up and carries with it many different pollutants that found on paved surfaces such as:

  • Sediment
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Bacteria
  • Oil and grease
  • Trash
  • Pesticides
  • Metals
This type of pollution is the number one cause of stream impairment in the nation.

So, what can we do?

This means that our everyday actions can either add up to become big problems or can be a part of the solution.  If we all play a part, small and simple changes have the ability to create a lasting impact on area water quality.

Some of the small changes that we can make include the following:
  • Picking up dog waste on walks to keep E Coli out of our rivers
  • Limiting the use of fertilizers at home to prevent algal blooms in the Great Lakes
  • Using commercial car washes to keep soap suds and car grime from entering aquatic habitats
  • Fixing vehicle leaks to keep motor oil out of our streams
For additional information visit here or use the following resources located below to learn what it takes to be "Stormwater Smart:"