Information for Commercial Residents

Useful Suggestions


Commercial Areas


  • Cover grease storage and dumpsters and keep them clean to avoid leaks.
  • Dirt, oil and debris that collect in parking lots and paved areas can be washed into the storm sewer system and eventually enter local water bodies.
  • Report any chemical spill to the local hazardous waste cleanup team. They will know the best way to keep spills from harming the environment.
  • Sweep up litter and debris from the sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, especially around storm drains.

Construction Sites


  • Divert stormwater away from disturbed or exposed areas of the construction site.
  • Erosion controls that aren't maintained can cause excessive amounts of sediment and debris to be carried into the stormwater system. Construction vehicles can leak fuel, oil and other harmful fluids that can be picked up by stormwater.
  • Install silt fences, vehicle mud removal areas, vegetative cover, and other sediment and erosion controls and properly maintain them, especially after rainstorms.
  • Prevent soil erosion by minimizing disturbed areas during construction projects, and seed and mulch bare areas as soon as possible.

Automotive Facilities


  • Be sure to clean up spills immediately and properly dispose of cleanup materials.
  • Cars waiting to be repaired can leak fuel, oil, and other harmful fluids that can be picked up by stormwater.
  • Install and maintain oil/water separators.
  • Properly maintain fleet vehicles to prevent oil, gas, and other discharges from being washed into local water bodies.
  • Provide cover over fueling stations and design or retrofit facilities for spill containment.
  • Uncovered fueling stations allow spills to be washed into storm drains.
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