Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Stormwater Quality

Stormwater Quality

Did you know that when rain falls or snow melts, most of the runoff goes directly to a pond, ditch, stream or river with no treatment at all?  Stormwater runoff is a major source of water pollution because of the chemicals and bacteria that it picks up and carries with it.

Fort Wayne's Stormwater Utility is responsible for managing both the quantity and quality of stormwater that runs off streets, buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, and even yards.  Click the links below to find out more about what Fort Wayne is doing to protect the quality of our rivers and streams.


NPDES Phase II Stormwater Program - Rule 13

Many areas of Fort Wayne have sewer lines that carry just stormwater runoff.  There are also many miles of ditches that carry stormwater runoff.  In most cases the water carried by these pipes and ditches goes directly into one of Fort Wayne's rivers without getting any kind of water quality treatment.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requires Fort Wayne and many other cities around the state to manage the stormwater discharged from the urbanized area.  The goal of the "Rule 13" program is to protect human helath, aquatic life and existing water resources.

You may find more information about the State's stormwater quality requirements at the following websites:
Stormwater Pollution Prevention At Home
Stormwater Pollution Prevention In The Community

Disposing of Household Hazardous Wastes

One way that you can help protect the quality of Fort Wayne's rivers is by properly disposing of household hazardous wastes.  Never dump chemicals, cleaners, paints, automotive fluids or anything else down a storm drain.  Instead, take them to the annual Allen County Solid Waste Management District's Tox Away Day.

 The event is usually held in September and is open to Allen County residents. Minimal fees apply.  Visit www.acwastewatcher.org for more information or to find other options for disposing of household hazardous wastes.

Report Illegal Dumping

Storm Drain Marking

Unused Medication Disposal

Rain Garden Program 

Adding a rain garden to your landscaping is a great way to reduce stormwater runoff.  A rain garden is a landscaped area that captures and holds rain water runoff for a few hours after a storm.  Native perennial plants help more of the water soak into the ground, and what does run off is cleaner.

Learn more about how you may quality for an incentive if you plant a rain garden by visiting Fort Wayne's rain garden page at www.catchingrainfw.org


Watershed Protection

Other Resources