Stormwater 

Stormwater is what we call rainwater that is no longer airborne. It accumulates on plants, trees, buildings, roadways, sidewalks and yards. Some water can stay on buildings and vegetation to be evaporated after the rain event; most of it, though, will percolate through the ground or become runoff, which is water that flows across the surface to the lowest possible elevation. This has the potential to cause flooding and the spread of pollution as runoff collects and carries waste, chemicals, oils, etc. into our lakes and canals. Therefore, routine maintenance is necessary to keep our city safe and clean.

Terminology

Impervious surfaces are rooftops, buildings, streets, parking lots, sidewalks, asphalt, concrete, driveways, patios, artificial turf and anything else that affects the natural rate, quality or pattern of stormwater infiltration into the ground.

Storm Drains are inlets that allow stormwater runoff from streets, swales, parking lots, etc. to enter the drainage system.

Catch Basins are structures that convey water from streets into the storm drainage system. Periodically, these catch basins need to be cleaned because they "catch" oils, sediment and pollutants that would otherwise flow freely into the canal system. These include items such as paint products, used motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides and fertilizers, cigarette butts, trash, feces, golf balls, dirty diapers, etc. Maintenance to clean out these basins removes and prevents debris from washing further into the storm drain system and our local canals.

Best Management Practices

BMP's are used to keep pollutants out of stormwater and to slow down high volumes of runoff to mitigate flooding and erosion. It is more affordable to keep pollutants out of the storm drain system than to clean polluted water.

  • Only rain belongs in storm drain systems; not garbage or pool water.
  • Be sure to clean up after pets.
  • Do not over-fertilize your grass & never apply fertilizers or pesticides before a heavy rain.
  • Keep leaves and grass clippings in the yard at the curb, not in the street; this helps keep street gutters clean of debris.
  • Dispose of household chemicals and hazardous waste at proper waste collection sites.

If you have any questions, contact: Randall Blanchette, PE, Engineering Manager or call 954-973-6786.

PLACING IMPROPER MATERIAL INTO STORM DRAINS IS ILLEGAL

To report illegal dumping in Coconut Creek please call Code Enforcement: 954-973-6872

Personnel
Randall Blanchette, PE Engineering Manager
Wayne Yorker Transportation & Stormwater Supervisor