Pollution Prevention

Assistance

Ohio EPA requires that each Phase II community develop and implement an operation program that includes a training component and has the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutants runoff from local government operations, including such activities as park and open space maintenance, fleet and building maintenance, new construction and land disturbances and storm water system maintenance (sewers and open channels).

Clermont County Storm Water Department staff offers assistance to townships and municipalities in order to establish operation and training programs that meet the requirements of the Phase II permit.  Programs can be tailored for communities with Best Management Practices (BMPs) related to their respective operations. For example, programs for parks and open space could focus on BMPs that reduce nutrient loadings and proper use of herbicides and pesticides. For more information regarding pollution prevention assistance, email John McManus, or call him at 732-7880.

Several pollution prevention brochures have been developed specifically for Clermont County residents and business owners to provide helpful tips on what you can do to prevent pollutants from entering our storm water system and eventually or streams and rivers.  To request multiple copies, email or call the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District at (513) 732-7075.


Residential

Over half of storm water pollution comes from everyday activities. Washing your car, fertilizing your lawn, painting your garage, or disposing of household products can cause harmful chemicals to accumulate on paved surfaces. When it rains, these chemicals are washed down storm drains and into local rivers.

Polluted storm water can harm aquatic life, make rivers unsuitable for fishing and swimming, and increase the risk of local flooding by clogging storm drains. This section describes how you, as a resident, can help keep Clermont County’s storm water clean.

To find out the top 10 easy things you can do to prevent pollution of our rivers and streams, check out the brochure When It Rains, Clermont Drains, produced by the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District.

To learn more about ways illicit discharges to the storm sewer system can be avoided, download a copy of Clermont County’s Household Guide to Preventing Illegal Discharges.
These brochures are perfect for posting at home, at work, at school, or in any other community gathering place.

Also, check out the links to the left to learn more about what you can do to help stop storm water pollution. Thanks for doing your part to raise awareness and helping to keep our rivers clean!


Business and Industry

Businesses and industries have an important role to play in preventing pollutants from entering the storm sewer system. By using simple, common-sense management and storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs), you can be a more environmentally-conscious business owner and help improve local water quality. Eliminating wasteful habits, reusing supplies, and recycling your waste can also reduce your business costs and landfill fees.

Industrial Pollution Prevention Brochure
To help local businesses prevent storm water pollution, the Clermont County Storm Water Management Department created an industrial pollution prevention brochure that describes preventative measures that businesses can take through employee training and education, vehicle maintenance and fueling, storage and handling, spill prevention and spill response and good housekeeping. To obtain additional brochures, email a request or call the Storm Water Management Department at (513) 732-7880.

Employee Education
Employees can help prevent pollution if you include storm water training in employee orientations. Introduce them to the concepts and rules of Best Management Practices (BMPs). Post the BMPs where employees and customers will see them. Posting storm water information in your workplace can also improve public relations for your business by showing customers that you are serious about protecting our community.

Check the links to the right to find out more about what businesses can do to prevent storm water pollution.


Resources

There are many valuable resources developed by U.S. EPA and communities across the country that must meet EPA’s pollution prevention requirements.  Below is a list of resources that might be useful in helping Clermont County communities develop operational or training programs.

U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping Fact Sheet (PDF)
www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/fact2-8.pdf

Municipal Employee Training Video available from North Central Texas Council of Governments
www.nctcog.org/envir/SEEclean/stormwater/pubs/videos.asp

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Training, City of Memphis (PowerPoint)
www.cityofmemphis.org/images/Storm.ppt

Vehicle Service Facilities BMPs, Alameda County, CA (PDF): http://cleanwaterprogram.org/resources/commercial.html