From the City of Sandy Springs
With the help of Boy Scouts Troop 467, the City of Sandy Springs will be labeling 200 storm drains throughout the City with “No Dumping, Drains to River” storm drain markers, on Friday.
The program is used to help increase public awareness, reduce stormwater pollution, and improve water quality, an announcement said.
There are more than 6,000 storm drains that flow into 1300 waterway locations within the City. Preventing the discharge of pollutants into the stormwater system is essential to protecting streams, creeks, rivers, and ponds.
Stormwater flows directly into waterways and is separate from the sanitary sewer system and treatment facilities. Some of the common pollutants that drain into the system include motor oil, diesel, gas, paint, leaves, litter, lawn clippings, pesticides, pet waste and fertilizer.
The storm drain marking program is part of city efforts to meet federal and state pollution prevention regulatory requirements in the area of education. The city allocated $2.5 million for Stormwater Capital Projects in its current fiscal year budget, with almost $6.5 million spent since the city’s inception on Stormwater improvements.