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STORMWATER MANAGEMENT & MS4

Stormwater runoff is rainfall that flows over the ground surface and is created when rain falls on roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops, and other impervious surfaces. Runoff eventually enters into a storm system and then discharges into a stream or river. Stormwater runoff in Ceredo discharges into the Ohio River.

As stormwater runoff flows over the ground, it picks up many pollutants such as sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, oil, trash, and debris which also discharge into local waterways. According to the Center for Watershed Protection, stormwater runoff is considered the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas.

Town of Cered Stormwater Management Program

Pursuant to federal and state regulations, Town of Ceredo has implemented a Stormwater Management Program in order to reduce and eliminate polluted runoff from entering local waterways.

This is done by managing the Towns Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4. The Towns MS4 is essentially the storm system which is owned and managed by the Town of Ceredo (i.e. town-owned roads and property). This may include anything that carries stormwater such as catch basins, pipes, ditches, and swales.

Click here to view Ceredo’s written Stormwater Management Program and what is being done to reduce stormwater pollution. In addition to reducing pollution, the stormwater management program also aids in preventing flooding, protecting drinking water, enhancing infrastructure, and preventing erosion and sedimentation issues.

What you can do

Remember that anything entering the storm system eventually discharges into the Ohio River untreated. Anything that discharges into a stream or river that isn’t entirely comprised of stormwater is considered an illicit discharge. Please be cautious and keep the following things in mind to prevent stormwater pollution:
  • DON’T DUMP! Don’t dump used motor oil, paint, and other household hazardous waste into the storm system. Doing so pollutes waterways and harms aquatic life. 
  • DON’T LITTER! Always dispose of trash and other debris in the proper receptacles. Most debris that on roadways eventually discharges into streams and rivers.
  • SCOOP THE POOP! Pet waste can easily enter the storm system and carry harmful bacteria if not disposed of properly. Plus you may be fined for not picking up pet waste.
  • FERTILIZE SMART! When using fertilizers and pesticides, follow the label for use and storage methods. Excess fertilizer and pesticides won’t improve grass growth and can run off into the street and enter the storm system. You can also test your soil to save money in the long run by avoiding over-application and determine exactly what a lawn needs to look sharp. Test kits are relatively inexpensive and are available at local hardware stores or garden centers.
  • SWEEP UP! Be sure to sweep grass clippings off the street and driveway and properly dispose of yard waste in the fall during leaf clean-up.
  • REPORT ILLICIT DISCHARGES! Anything that enters a stream or storm system that isn’t entirely stormwater is considered an illicit discharge. Click the link under “Report Illicit Discharge” if you suspect that you have detected an illicit discharge in your area.