Stormwater 411

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What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is untreated water that flows over driveways, lawns, sidewalks, and streets. This includes water from rain, irrigation, car washing and even that cooler of ice that you may empty As this water flows over these surfaces it picks up debris, chemicals, fertilizers, auto fluids, and other pollutants before entering into the stormwater system, and eventually to our waterways. Urban stormwater is considered to be one of the largest untreated pollution sources in the country.

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Our Management Program


The City of Deerfield Beach Stormwater Management program focuses on properly draining surface water to protect the environment. Our stormwater system includes residential swales, water retention ponds, underground pipes, canals, and lakes. By properly disposing of harmful materials and taking care of our properties, we can work together to protect our waterways.

Stormwater Facts


  • Yard fertilizer runoff from residential areas is estimated to be responsible for one third of the excess nitrogen polluting our waterways.
  • Storm drains do not go to sewage treatment plants, they lead directly to bodies of water.
  • Water entering storm drains after it rains, picks up what is on the surface and carries it directly to our local rivers and streams untreated.
  • Grass clippings, leaves, pet waste, fertilizers, soaps, detergents, cigarette butts, and other debris are considered pollutants that get washed into storm drains and on into our local rivers and streams.

Stormwater Tips


  • Use lawn and garden products sparingly. 
  • Check all vehicles, motorcycles, and boats for leaks.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly.
  • Maintain swale areas for proper drainage and retention.
  • Dispose of yard waste and clippings properly.

Learn how you can help prevent Stormwater Pollution:

Tip #1: Stormwater Facts: How you can prevent Stormwater pollution.

Tip #2: Don’t throw, pour or sweep anything down the storm drains.

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Tip #3: Recycle used motor oil and maintain your ride to prevent fluid leaks.

Tip #4: Scoop up your pet’s poop! Dispose of the waste in the trash.

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Tip #5: Participate in a neighborhood cleanup and get involved.

Tip #6: Don’t blow yard waste into the street.

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Tip #7: New and updated infrastructure can help prevent Stormwater flooding.

Tip #8: Be smart when you use pesticides or fertilizers.

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Tip #9: Only rain down the drain.

Tip #10: Help protect our economy by preventing stormwater runoff!

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Tip #11: Using commercial car washes when washing your car can prevent stormwater pollution.

Tip #12: Keep storm drains clean and make sure the City keeps its storm water system up to date.

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