March is Texas SmartScape month. To spruce up your yard, and lower the environmental impact of you landscaping, use plants adapted and native to Texas. Reducing turf grass reduces watering and erosion because shrubs and flowering plants have deeper roots. Mulching and composting improves temperature and moisture control, and reduces weeds and erosion. Compost also provides nutrients to your plants, reducing fertilizer use. These adjustments are good for your pocketbook and for our stormwater quality! Visit www.txsmartscape.com
In relation to keeping our stormwater and waterways clean, the most common code violation in Edgecliff Village is when grass clippings end up in the street. When grass clippings, dead leaves, and excess fertilizer are carried by stormwater to our creeks and rivers, their decay and promotion of algae growth, can use up all the oxygen in the water. That means depleting the oxygen needed for fish and other water life. In addition to harming the ecosystem, these conditions can affect the taste and odor of our finished drinking water, which may be unpleasant, although still safe to drink. Please mulch or compost your grass clippings and leaves. Or pick them up and dispose in the garbage. And use the minimum amount of fertilizer needed. These things will help keep our waterways healthy!
Maintaining your vehicles helps keep our stormwater and waterways clean. Fix oil and other leaks promptly. Take your car to an oil changing shop instead of doing it yourself. If you do work on your own vehicles, make sure the used oil and other fluids, as well as any spill clean-up, are disposed properly as hazardous waste, either at a collection event or approved facility. To clean spills, use dry materials like clay cat litter, sweep it up and store it in a water-tight container until you can dispose properly. Never dump vehicle fluids down the drain, and do not hose down areas afterwards unless you have a specialized catchement to collect and treat the contaminated water.
Storm drains are for rain. Please properly dispose of your waste. Approved recyclables can be deposited in our recycle bin behind City Hall. Put non-hazardous solid waste in your trash bin or set it out for bulk pick-up. Non-hazardous liquids can be flushed into your sink or toilet. Non-hazardous liquids includes acids, alcohols, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, enzymes, salt solutions, and liquid food waste. Hazardous materials and expired medicines should be disposed of at an approved facility, an approved collector, or at a special collection event. Common hazardous materials include motor oil, and other automotive fluids, paint, solvents, batteries, and pesticides. Although not all household cleaners are hazardous, it can be dangerous to mix cleaning products, so it's best to keep them in their original containers and find a friend who can use them, or treat them like hazardous waste. If you're not sure about an item, refer to the flyer from our waste hauler Republic Services, or call their customer service number, which is on the flyer. Proper disposal keeps these items out of our streams and reservoirs!!
Please contact 817-293-4313 to report any hazardous household products, yardcare products, fertilizers, dog waste, car soaps and automotive fluids that turn what should only be stormwater into an illicit discharge that pollutes and degrades local water quality.
In 2017, the Edgecliff Village community prevented or cleaned more than 24 TONS of debris out of waterways as a result of clean-up days and maintenance activities. Keeping pollution out of stormwater runoff helps protect our drinking water, as well as all the living creatures in the lakes and rivers, including people!
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The stormwater management program was created to improve the quality of impaired streams, rivers, and water reservoirs, as well as to maintain quality in healthy water bodies.
The program complies with the requirements of Section 402 of the Federal Clean Water Act, which is administered in Texas by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The Town of Edgecliff Village is covered under Texas’ NPDES General Permit for small systems, and is classified as Level 1 for systems serving a population less than 10,000.
ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM AND MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Town implements the program through its Stormwater Management Plan, which includes all elements as required by the General Permit. The elements of the Management Plan are described in the following table.
If you would like to review the Town’s entire Stormwater Management Plan, click
If you would like to review the General Permit for small stormwater systems in Texas, click
HOW AM I INVOLVED?
· All of our individual activities can have a positive impact on water quality, and when our activities are combined, it makes an even greater impact. It’s as simple as: every time you properly dispose of chemicals, waste, and recyclables, or you call the Town hotline to report a concern, or you merely pick up a piece of trash, you are involved in keeping our water clean and healthy! See “Did you Know?” below for a list of many things individual residents can do.
· Funding for the stormwater program comes from a small fee that we pay monthly with our water bills. These funds are put towards the stormwater system infrastructure and its maintenance, as well as the Town’s stormwater permit compliance activities.
· The Town is seeking feedback on the stormwater management program, and invites you to attend and comment at the annual Public Hearing.”
Did you know? Our Town's storm drain inlets take stormwater runoff from our rooftops, streets, and yards directly to our creeks and streams, and then the water eventually reaches the Trinity River. Our Town's ordinances (rules) for picking up pet waste, not blowing leaves and grass clippings into the street, and not discharging pool filter water into gutters all help us keep our water clean!
There's lots of things you can do to reduce the amount of pollutants in stormwater.
Doing these things will keep our water cleaner for ourselves and all the other life that relies on streams and reservoirs.
1. Properly dispose of trash and recyclables
2. Properly dispose of hazardous materials at the approved facility or special collection event
3. Use a minimal amount of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
4. Find ways to treat your grass and plants with more environmentally - friendly products and procedures like those listed at http://eartheasy.com/grow_lawn_care.htm and http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_pest_cntrl.htm and http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/homemade-herbicide-kill-weeds-without-killing-earth.html
5. Put grass clippings and leaves in the compost or trash, or mulch them (cut them up, as with a mower) and leave them on the lawn
6. Before you dispose of excess cleaners and household chemicals in a landfill, see if anyone you know can use them
7. Fix oil, radiator, or any other leaks on you car, boat, and/or machinery
8. Pick up your pet's waste