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The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

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Impacts of some common stormwater pollutants

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  • Litter that reaches creeks and streams can choke or suffocate birds or fish.
  • Litter also may clog the stormwater drain system, leading to street flooding.

Bacteria and Disease-Causing Organisms

  • These organisms can cause health hazards for animals and people.

Chemicals and Oils

  • Aquatic animals may be poisoned by chemicals and oils.
  • People also can be at risk if they eat contaminated fish or drink polluted water.

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  • Nutrients from fertilizers or detergents can cause algae to grow in water.
  • This algae uses up the oxygen that native organisms use.

What can citizens do about stormwater pollution?

  • Don’t litter or dump trash illegally.
  • Never dump oils or chemicals into catch basins.
  • Check your vehicle for leaks that might be running onto the pavement.
  • Use non-toxic, phosphate-free, biodegradable cleaners when washing cars and boats, or go to a car wash.
  • Avoid using chemicals on your lawn.
  • Plant bare and graded areas to reduce erosion.
  • Clean up after your pet(s).
  • Check your plumbing and/or septic tank to make sure they are not leaking or discharging into stormwater drains.
  • Use water-based paints. Look for products labeled “latex” or “cleans with water.”
  • Water your lawn early in the morning. The sprinkler should be left on long enough to allow water to soak in, but not run off.
  • Never dispose of cement washout or concrete dust into driveways, streets, gutters, or stormwater drains.
  • Educate yourself and your family on additional stormwater pollution prevention tips.