About NPDES & Stormwater
Drainage Assistance Program
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Rain Gardens for Rock Island Program
Water, Sewer & Stormwater
Education & Programs
What is Storm Water Pollution?
Storm water pollution happens when items such as trash, cigarette butts, soap, and other hazardous materials end up in our rivers, creeks, and streams. The water becomes dirty and then flows through our storm drains. This is why it is called “storm water pollution.”
What are Storm Drains?
In Rock Island and surrounding communities, storm drains run along streets, within parking lots, and in many other areas. The purpose of the drains is to help remove storm water from areas that would otherwise flood, such as parking lots and streets. The drains almost always lead to a local waterway, such as the river. Because stormwater travels across streets, parking lots, driveways, and other areas, it picks up pollutants such as gasoline, litter, animal waste, and yard chemicals. These hazardous materials are carried with the water through the drain and are not removed before entering into our waterways.
What is Contamination?
When hazardous materials enter the waterways, the water is said to be “contaminated.” Contamination means something has polluted the water and has made it unsafe and unhealthy for people, animals, and the environment.
Follow These Guidelines
You can help keep our rivers and streams clean by following these rules:
Never throw anything in the storm drains.
Never litter - always throw your litter or trash away in a garbage can or recycle it.
Never throw soapy water into the storm drains; soapy water and detergents are pollutants.
Never pour anything into the street or a catch basin.
Pick up after your dog when taking him or her for a walk.
Have some fun with this
Storm Water Maze
Storm Water Pollution Solution Quiz
Storm Water Runoff Challenge
Storm Water Word Find
Public Works Department
1309 Mill Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Ph: (309) 732-2200
Fx: (309) 732-2380
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
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City of Rock Island
1528 Third Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201