Storm Water Public Education

The river is closer than you think!

What You Can Do to Stop Storm Water Runoff Pollution

Before you pour anything into the street gutter or down the storm drains, stop and think! Storm Drains go directly into drains and creeks...and through wetlands into the Detroit River and the Great Lakes.

What You May Not Know

Anything we use in our home, car, and businesses like the following can accidentally wind up in the street:

  • Cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint
  • Pesticides

Water from Rain or a Garden Hose

A little water from rain or a garden hose can carry automotive and household materials through the storm drain polluting rivers, wetlands, and the Great Lakes. Storm drains are there to drain water off the streets and yards-not for disposal of hazardous materials.

Report Pollution

Now that you have a better understanding of where pollution can come from and what causes it, you can help to reduce pollution by reporting problem areas. The sooner these problems are reported the sooner they can be eliminated and reduce the impact on the environment.

Contact Information

Contact the City of Trenton Engineering Department at 734-675-8251 to share ideas, ask questions, or to report pollution. The Wayne County Department of Environment (WCDOE) also has a 24-hour Hotline 888-223-2363 to report illicit discharges, spills, pollution, etc.

Tips & Useful Information

  1. Automotive
  2. Home Maintenance
  3. Lawn & Garden
  4. Ownership of the Storm System
  5. Recreational Vehicle
  6. Separate Sanitary Sewers
  7. Stewardship
  • Take used motor oil and antifreeze to gas stations that accept recyclable automotive fluids, or to a hazardous materials collection center. Did you know that dumping one quart of motor oil down a storm drain contaminates 250,000 gallons of water?
  • Have your car maintained regularly to prevent oil, antifreeze and other fluid leaks.
  • Reduce automotive emissions through routine auto maintenance, ride sharing and public transportation.
  • Conserve water when washing your car and use biodegradable soap. Clean engines at a Do It Yourself Car Wash where the drainage is not connected to the storm drain.
  • You can control pollution by supporting city and county activities to keep your streets clean. You can help by participating in recycling, river clean-ups, and the proper disposal of hazardous materials.