Water & Sewer
Storm Water Management
TO REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING CALL – (985) 277-5950
A Brief History:
The 1972 amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, now referred to as the Clean Water Act, prohibit the discharge of any pollutant to navigable waters of the United States from a point source unless the discharge is authorized by proper federal agencies.
Traditionally, federal agencies focused their cleanup efforts on reducing pollutants in industrial process wastewater and municipal sewage treatment discharges. As a result of this program, the nation’s waters have improved dramatically.
However, it has become evident that more diverse sources of water pollution, such as storm water runoff, are also significant contributors to water quality programs.
In 1990, the EPA began Phase I of the storm water program and this effort was directed at “medium” and “large” municipal storm sewer systems. Later, this program was expanded to Phase II to include smaller cities and hence local involvement.
Hammond is one of five cities in Louisiana targeted for this phase of the federal storm water cleanup project.
To facilitate Hammond’s efforts in cleaning up its storm water runoff, Mayor Mayson Foster inaugurated the City of Hammond Storm Water Advisory Committee.
The Hammond Storm Water Advisory Committee has been charged with fulfilling a number of broad goals over the next several years:
- Establish a public education and outreach initiative to promote public awareness of storm water impacts.
- Seek to gain public participation and involvement in the effort to keep storm water runoff clean. Civic organizations, churches, garden clubs and school groups will be enlisted to assist in this phase of the program.
- Initiate a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges. This will include creation of a storm system map showing locations of all outfalls and all waters that receive discharges from those outfalls.
- Develop, implement and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff from construction sites.
- The City will develop a pollution prevention and good housekeeping plan for all municipal operations.
- The committee will hold recycling events from time to time to afford citizens a venue where items that are not allowed in the landfill can be properly disposed of or recycled.
What Can I Do To Help Clean Up Storm Water?
- Use common sense when dealing with any materials that you think might be a threat to the environment. Don’t put strong household chemicals down the drain; don’t dump used motor oil out on the ground or in storm drains; don’t put old paint out with garbage; properly dispose of old tires, batteries and electronic equipment.
- Make yourself aware of environmental issues and monitor the efforts of the Clean Water Advisory Committee over the coming months and years.
- Remember: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Let’s keep our city clean and safe! Remember: Clean Water, Safe Future!
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Days:
The Household Hazardous Waste Recycling project was developed as one of the Storm Water Monitoring requirements to include community participation and education. It is not only our goal to meet these requirements, but also provide a useful means of disposing waste materials which may otherwise end up in our streams and lakes.
The city has hosted four of these recycling events and each one has been a huge success. Listed below is a grand total of the hazardous materials that have been collected at the recycling day events.
- Vehicles visiting Recycling Day – 395
- Waste Oil / Gallons – 1,200
- Paint / Gallons recovered – 577*
- Paint Containers (empty) – 2,085
- Used Tires (auto & off road) – 533
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs / Linear ft – 4,436
- Batteries / Lead Acid Auto / lbs – 10,249
- Batteries / Alkaline / lbs – 245
- Batteries / NiCad Dry / lbs – 11
- Misc. Electronics / lbs – 5,471
*Paint recovered in eleven 55 gallon drums
What’s Been Accomplished:
The City of Hammond Storm Water Advisory Committee began meeting in the Spring of 2004. From the outset, committee members have already accomplished the following:
- Held four household hazardous waste collection programs, the first one in the fall of 2004, and the most recent in the fall of 2006, where a large amount of waste paint, oil, tires, light bulbs, electronic equipment and other hazardous items were gathered and either recycled or disposed of properly.
- Placed 400 weather resistant stickers on storm drains warning resident NOT to pour used motor oil and other chemicals down the drains. These chemicals eventually reach our streams. This effort will continue until all drains have been so labeled.
- Established committees to begin looking at different aspects of what it will take to assure that only clean water reaches our streams, rivers, and lakes.
- Began the mapping of all storm drains and where these drainage systems eventually flow into natural waterways. The committee will eventually have a detailed map of where storm runoff ends its journey.
- Began the monitoring of outfalls to determine what, if any, chemicals are being diverted into streams, rivers and lakes.