The City of Folsom is uniquely located in the heart of one of California's most important watersheds. The American River supplies key water resources to much of the state. Folsom has a significant responsibility to keep the waters that flow by us clean.The elimination of household hazardous waste (HHW) around the home and the proper disposal of HHW are important in helping us meet our stormwater discharge requirements. Additionally, the City of Folsom Hazmat Division sponsors a program that assists boaters in reducing their motor oil discharges into Folsom Lake. Motor oil can leak out of boat engines and into the water. Oil absorbent pads are available free of charge from the Hazardous Materials Division.All of Folsom's nearly 1,400 storm drain inlets flow directly into the American River. Many common household activities can add contaminants to the storm drain system. Examples include construction and landscaping, leaking vehicles, washing with detergents outside, using lawn fertilizers and chemicals and disposing of HHW in the trash. Residents may not realize that garbage cans and garbage trucks can leak liquid contents. Consequently, a gallon of herbicide can flow directly out of a garbage truck when disposed of improperly.
This responsibility is reflected in the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater permit. The stormwater permit prescribes activities and performance standards designed to reduce pollutants in stormwater discharges to the maximum extent practicable.
When these contaminants reach the street, they are washed into the storm drain system during rain events. The first rains of the winter are often the most contaminated because they wash into the storm drains pollutants that have accumulated during the summer.
Here's a link to a regional storm water web page.
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