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Stormwater Management Program
Brazos County has developed our Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to comply with state and federal regulations and improve the quality of life in our county. The SWMP contains activities to reduce the amount of pollution in the storm water that runs off into our lakes and streams.

Where It Originates
Stormwater originates from rainfall; whatever doesn't soak into the ground runs off into our creeks. Stormwater starts off relatively free of pollutants, but as it flows over the landscape it picks up substances from our roads, parking lots, and lawns and carries these substances into the streams and lakes.

Where It Goes
Stormwater does not go to a treatment plant, it discharges directly to our streams without any treatment. Many of the substances picked up by the stormwater are harmful to the plants and animals that live in our streams and ponds, which is why it is important for us to reduce storm water pollution.

How to Help?
Law enforcement officials need your help in fighting environmental crime. Citizens can take an active role in stopping illegal dumping by following the suggestions listed below:

  • Always dispose of your own litter properly at a Trash Collection Site;
  • Spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime
  • Do not transport unsecured debris in the back of a vehicle - always use a tarp or other cover;
  • Organize volunteer cleanups of illegal dump sites - people are less likely to litter in clean areas;
  • Do not pay roofing or other contractors until they present you with a landfill receipt showing that your waste was properly disposed;
  • Report illegal dumping in unincorporated areas to: Brazos County Sheriff's Department: 979-361-4900.

Penalties for Pollution of Stormwater:   What's the Worst that Could Happen

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