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Stormwater Management
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Introduction and Background

In recent decades, we have come to realize, that instead of polluting, our water, land, and the air we breathe; we have to protect, revitalize, maintain, and sustain these vital resources.The results of mismanagement have been small to great, and local to global.

Recently, everyone can recall the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the damage that can result from mismanagement or neglect. In the 1860’s, the U.S. government saw fit to create parks, and set aside lands for the public. The 1970’s saw the environmental movements that took steps to clean up the environment. Institutions such as: National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Earth Day, Endangered Species Act, founding of Earth Day, the banning of DDT, and the Water Pollution Control Act.

Whether we realize it or not, to some extent, we are all environmentalists. We are concerned about the depletion of our forests, pollution in our water and air, and ultimately, the health and welfare of our families. The City of Brooksville, Department of Public Works is proud to do its part in protecting the environment by, minimizing the entry of pollutants into its precious water resources to provide the community with good, safe drinking water, and swimmable, and fishable waters for all to enjoy. How does this affect you and I?

The City of Brooksville will continue to grow as a desirable community in which to live. An important concern regarding such growth is the risk of increased pollution.

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StormwaterManagement-Why all this now? Print
In 1997 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) that had, as of 1990, applied only to medium and larger municipalities. By 2003, smaller jurisdictions began to be required to obtain permit coverage and Brooksville was issued permit coverage on August 2, 2004. This permit coverage was renewed August 18, 2010. Under “Phase Two” of the program, the City is required to meet certain Minimum Control Measures and establish Best Management Practices (BMP) to meet those control measures. We must implement BMPs to meet all six Minimum Control Measures within five years, reporting annually on our progress.
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Helpful Hints Print

Your awareness of all the “little things you do” can make a big difference to the future of Florida’s water systems. Simple things we can all do at work or at home:

  1. Use phosphate free soaps when washing your vehicles, boats and homes, and environmentally safe cleaning solutions on your pets (Google “environment friendly pet shampoo”, “environment friendly car products” and “environment friendly cleaning solutions” for product information and availability).
  2. Don’t let paint, thinner or other contaminates flow into the street, and don’t forget to blow leaves, soils and other yard debris back into your yard, not into the street or walkways.
  3. Do not toss cigarette butts or litter out in the street or curb area- use a receptacle.
  4. Building contractors need to keep excess silts and soils from roadways, keep chemicals from reaching street drains, and recycle as much construction debris as possible.
  5. Restaurants- remember to clean grease traps regularly, recycle your cans, bottles and other recyclables, and use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions (Google “environment friendly cleaning solutions” for product information and availability).

We can all contribute to a safer water supply and a healthy future for our children, grandchildren, and all generations to come.

 
Peck Sink Project Aims to Keep Pollution out of Drinking Water Print

Peck Sink Project Aims to Keep Pollution out of Drinking Water

By Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, September 4, 2011

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"Water - Conserve & Preserve"

City of Brooksville "Save our Planet"
Protection and conservation of City of Brooksville's natural water resources.
Click here to view the "Save our Planet" video.

Click here to view the 2013 Water Quality Report.

 
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