Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated in the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and other recreational activities. Polluted stormwater can have many adverse affects on plants, fish, animals and people. Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals, such as insecticides, pesticides, paints, solvents and used motor oils and other automotive fluids. NEVER POUR THEM ON THE GROUND OR INTO STORM DRAINS!
Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. Be sure to always clean up after your pet when out taking walks and dispose of waste properly. For your convenience in many areas of Duxbury, we have provided bags and disposal receptacles for the clean up of pet waste. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. Leaking and poorly maintained septic systems release nutrients and pathogens that can be picked up by stormwater. Inspect your system ever 3 years and pump your tank as necessary, every three to five years. Do not dispose of household hazardous waste or medications in sinks or toilets. Duxbury participates in the national "Drug Takeback" program sponsered by the DEA every spring and fall.
Should you have questions regarding the proper disposal of household hazardous waste, or about stormwater, please contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 934-1100.