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Lake County, Ohio - Stormwater Management Department

For Kids

    Just for Kids

    Do you know how our creeks and beaches get polluted? Or have you ever

    wondered what those holes in the sidewalk were for? Well, read on to find out…


    What’s stormwater pollution? Stormwater is the water that runs down the street when it’s raining. Stormwater enters holes in the curb or street called storm drains. 

     

    Our rivers and Lake Erie get dirty from pollution that flows into stormsewers.  Water the flows into storm sewers does not go to a water treatment plant.  If pollutants, such as motor oil, bug sprays or soap are on the ground, they are washed into our clean water.

     

     


    How can we keep stormwater clean?


    Ask mom or dad to take the car to the car wash.  Don't wash your car on a driveway or street where soapy water can drain into sewers. 

    Scoop and clean up pet waste in the yard so that it does not wash into our sewers.

    When the oil in your car is changed, make sure the old oil is recycled, and that any spills are cleaned.

    Rake and sweep up leaves, grass and other yard debris.  Bag and dispose of yard waste properly, or start a compost pile.


     

       

    (440) 350-5900

    Questions? lcsmd@lakecountyohio.gov