Stormwater and YOU

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Information

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer

system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.

By practicing the healthy household habits outlined in the links below, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!

After the Storm - A Citizens Guide to Understanding Stormwater

Healthy Household Habits for Clean Water


The Wild and Scenic Taunton River

Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers Needed

From the Taunton River Watershed Alliance

Time to think about spring.  Are you ready?  This winter's storms, road treatment and runoff will be impacting our local streams.  Will this affect the rivers' cleanliness?  Stormwater drainage can be noxious brews of fuels, pesticides, sewage, road salt, silt, and garbage that foul water, spread disease and damage fish habitat.  Join us as we continue to measure how clean our rivers are.  Hardy volunteers go out once a month to take samples at 2 or 3 locations each.  We then have the samples analyzed at laboratories. We can't do it without you.  If you'd like to volunteer, please give our offices a call at (508) 828-1101 or e-mail us at