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Lake County, Ohio - Stormwater Management Department

What can you do?

    Managing Stormwater Is The Key To Keeping Water Sources Clean

    Stormwater runoff is one of the main threats to our lakes and rivers.  All stormwater in Lake County eventually flows into Lake Erie. Which means it's very important that we work together to keep our creeks and streams healthy!

    What can you do?

    There are many ways you can help keep our water clean, save money, and prevent problems.  Check out all the ways you can keep our water healthy, fix drainage problems, and save money:

    How can I manage a wet area in my lawn?

    Is there a wet area in your yard that never really seems to dry out?  Try planting a rain garden!  Not only will it absorb stormwater, it will be a beautiful garden in your yard and attract different wildlife.  For more information and guidance on how to plant a rain garden, click here for the "Rain Garden Manual for Home Owners".

    Where do I dispose of Pharmaceuticals?

    Pharmaceuticals and Our Waters - Both prescription and non-prescription drugs are being found in our rivers, streams, and ground water. These drugs are considered to be "emerging contaminants of concern" partly due to the harmful effects that low concentrations are already having on the fish population. Our existing waste water treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to remove these contaminants. A certain amount of these contaminants can be reduced with the use of pharmaceutical drug disposal bins instead of flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet or putting them in the trash.

    Where To Find A Drug Disposal Bin

    Take Pharmaceuticals to a collection bin at one of the convenient drop-off locations. To find a location near you and for more information, contact the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543 or visit: 

    Where do I take my un-wanted paint?

    To dispose of latex paint, open the can of paint somewhere out of the rain and snow and allow the paint to dry out.  You can even add kitty litter to the paint to help it dry faster.  Then dispose of the paint with your household trash.  Dispose of oil-based paints at the Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates.

      For the upcoming dates, visit:

    Remember, never dump unused paint down any drain, especially a storm drain or ditch!

    What type of maintenance is required for septic systems? 

    If you have a household sewage treatment system, regular maintenance is necessary to ensure your system functions as designed.  Not only will regular maintenance save you money, but it will also help prevent storwmater pollution and keep sewage out of our waterways. For more information visit the Lake County General Health District website at




    Stormwater Management Department: (440) 350-5900


    Questions? [email protected]