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Prevent stormwater pollution, report illicit discharges

June 29, 2016 02:18 PM
Man dumping a hazardous liquid in a storm drain
Don't put anything down the storm drain
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If you look down the street outside of your home or office, you will probably find storm sewer inlets or ditches. Have you ever wondered where they go?

Contrary to common belief, the inlets and ditches that are a part of the storm sewer system are not connected to the sanitary sewer, which is carried to a wastewater treatment plant; rather they are connected to nearby lakes, rivers and streams. This is why we all need to be aware of what goes into our storm drains and ditches.

What is an illicit discharge?

By definition, an illicit discharge is an unlawful act of disposing, dumping, spilling, emitting or other discharge of any substance other than stormwater into the streets, gutters, ditches and ponds that make up our stormwater drainage system, or directly into streams or lakes themselves.

What can you do about illicit discharges?

As a community member, you play a large part in identifying and reducing illicit discharges in our community.

If you see anyone discharging any substance other than stormwater in roadside ditches and storm drains, please report it to City staff.

Contact Brooklyn Park Code Enforcement

763-493-8070
Email Pang Yang

Hazardous materials and petroleum spills

If you see a potentially hazardous material and petroleum spill, call 911 immediately. There may be an immediate threat to life or property.

Approved disposal site

Use approved disposal sites at the City or County sponsored hazardous waste disposal facility. The Hennepin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, at 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN is a nearby facility.

More information

Read more about hazardous materials

Read about oil recycling

Visit Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities

 

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