The goal of the City of Memphis Storm Water Management Program (Program) is to minimize the amount of contaminants that enter the City’s storm water system. These contaminants include grass clippings and debris from lawns, soil run-off from construction sites, used motor oil from illegal dumping into drains and yards, and pesticides/herbicides from treated areas.
Disposing of these contaminants into the storm drainage system can lead to serious problems. Debris (soil, grass clippings, oil, etc.) can create blockages in storm drains leading to neighborhood flooding. In addition to potential flooding, the contaminants are harmful to our environment. Storm water, carrying contaminants, flows from street inlets through drainage systems and discharges into local creeks and rivers and eventually to McKellar Lake and the Mississippi River. The contaminants pose a serious threat to fish and other aquatic life in these water bodies.
Program personnel work diligently to protect our waterways. But we need the help of every citizen of Memphis. Because only YOU can PREVENT contamination.
PLEASE! BE PROUD OF YOUR CITY. HELP KEEP OUR WATERWAYS CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL.