Preventing Stormwater Runoff Pollution

Everyone can do their part to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Residents, businesses, developers and industrial facilities can reduce the adverse effects of stormwater pollution. The following links provide BMPs for residents, business owners, developers and industrial facilities.

Picture credit: City of Richmond, VA


Prevention Tips

The following are things you can do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution:
  • Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks and walkways.
  • Never dump anything into storm drains.
  • Properly dispose of all paints, used motor oil and other hazardous waste.
  • Pick up after your pet and dispose waste in the toilet or trash.
  • Compost your yard waste.
  • Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.


The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), EPA and organizations throughout the State are great resources to learn more about non-point source pollution and stormwater management. Information on this page was obtained from the EPA, MA DEP, City of Andover, MA and City of Cambridge, MA stormwater pages.