Following a rain or snow event, stormwater flows through yards, down driveways, over streets, and into catch basins. Catch basins are the grates on the sides of streets and they connect to the storm drain system, which conveys the water, untreated, into our local waterways, including Salem/Beverly Harbor and the Porter, Waters, and Crane Rivers.
As stormwater travels into the catch basins, it flushes pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, trash and debris, automotive fluids, motor oil, and other pollutants into the storm drain system. As these pollutants enter local waterways, they can be harmful to water quality and the environment.
All Danvers residents play a role in reducing and preventing stormwater pollution.
Learn what pollutants are commonly found on our streets and how to prevent them from entering the storm drains. Also learn what to do with used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, cleaning agents, pesticides, and paint.
Pollutants include used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, cleaning agents, pesticides or fertilizers and paint. Debris commonly found in storm drains include pet waste, cigarette butts, yard clippings, and sand. In addition, car washing, and lawn watering can also contribute to the pollution of the waterways.
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in Danvers
Let’s eliminate the #1 litter item from the streets and sidewalks in Danvers! Did you know that the Town has installed 12 cigarette butt receptacles to reduce litter in the Town? The Town surveyed the highest level of litter and placed receptacles in key locations downtown and where foot traffic was observed near our water ways. The Cigarette Butt Receptacles were purchased from Sidewalk Buttler and were funded by the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program offered by Keep America Beautiful. Please use the cigarette receptacles!
Here are some things you can do to prevent pollutants from entering the storm drains:
Be a Good Neighbor
Pet waste contains potentially harmful microorganisms, which can cause stomach illness and rashes in humans. Pet waste that is not scooped up or is dumped down a catch basin can get flushed directly into storm drains. Storm drains discharge directly to our waterways: Danvers, Porters, Crane, or Water Rivers.
Scoop the Poop
The Town of Danvers’ dog fouling policy requires dog owners to remove and properly dispose of any feces left by their dogs. This policy covers waste left by dogs on sidewalks, streets, parks and neighbors’ yards. If you have any questions, please contact the DPW office at 978-777-0001 x3011.
Help Protect the Environment
When walking your dog, take a plastic bag with you to pick up the pet waste. Be sure to place the bag in a trash receptacle, never dispose of pet waste in a catch basin. Dog waste cannot be used as fertilizer. Never place dog waste near a tree or in the soil – the bacteria in the waste does more harm than good and it also can end up in a local waterway.
Help Educate Your Community
Danvers DPW is dedicated to helping create cleaner, more enjoyable waterways by protecting them from harmful contaminants. Tell a friend, neighbor, or family member how to properly dispose of pet waste. DPW has installed 1,200 storm drain makers at key locations around the Town that remind residents about “only rain down the drain”. Storm drains flow directly into our local waters – they are not connected to the sanitary sewer. Scooping poop is not just about the mess, it’s about keeping our waterways clean and protecting the health of the community! Thank you for being a good neighbor.
Business owners have a responsibility for all pollutants leaving their property, including contaminated stormwater which enters the storm drain. Common pollutants generated by business establishments include used motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers and pesticides, sand, dirt, litter, paint, cooking oil and cigarette butts.
Here are some suggestions to prevent pollution: