Stormwater isn’t treated before it flows into our rivers, creeks, bays and estuaries. When it rains, anything on the ground that can float or dissolve runs the risk of ending up in our stormwater and eventually polluting our local waterways where it can impact the people, pets, fish and wildlife that use the water. If you swim in the ocean, bay or river; if you fish or crab in the same bodies of water, or if you simply enjoy the landscape of these areas, your experience will be less enjoyable if the water is polluted. Fortunately, there are ways you can do your part to reduce water pollution.
Did you know that pet waste left on the ground can contribute to water pollution? Pet waste contains bacteria and parasites that can make us sick, and nutrients from pet waste can contribute to water pollution.
Did you know that yard waste, such as grass clippings, leaves, and other plant materials can contribute to water pollution? These materials can also clog storm drains and contribute to localized flooding events.
Residents in the City of Corpus Christi can dispose of household hazardous waste, such as batteries, antifreeze, paint, oil, and cleaning products, at the J. C. Elliot Collection Center. Never pour any waste into storm inlets, since stormwater drains directly to our local water bodies without treatment.
Improper use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers can result in pollution of stormwater and our local bays and estuaries. By selecting the right product, and following label directions, you can keep our bays and estuaries clean!
The City of Corpus Christi Municipal Code of Ordinances Chapter 55 Article XVI prohibits pollution of the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) by regulating specific activities.