When it rains in Seaside Park, stormwater flows over our driveways, streets, lawns, and sidewalks. Along the way, it picks up debris, chemicals, oil, pet waste, and other pollutants. All of these things flow into our storm drains and go DIRECTLY into the Barnegat Bay! Storm drains in Seaside Park do not lead to a treatment plant! Anything that goes into our storm drains will make its way into the bay.
In order to minimize this, here are some things we can all do to help combat this:
- DO NOT DUMP ANYTHING INTO A STORM DRAIN! This includes oil, gas, antifreeze, paint, fryer oil, mop water, etc.
- Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly (Chapter 127 Article II).
- Please utilize the dog waste bags located around town if you walk your dog– they are there for your use!
- Do not feed wildlife on any property owned by the Borough of Seaside Park (Chapter 127 Article III).
- Do not litter. Please place all garbage and recycling in their proper containers – (Chapter 288).
- Private storm drains must be retrofit – (Chapter 395 Article II).
- Garbage dumpsters must be covered at all times –(Chapter 395 Article III).
- Drain your swimming pool when a test kit does not detect chlorine levels.
- Use a commercial carwash or wash your car on your lawn to minimize the amount of dirty, soapy water that makes its way into
a storm drain and into the Barnegat Bay.
- Check your vehicles and boats for leaks or spills. Clean up with an absorbent material like kitty litter or sand and dispose of properly. Do not rinse into the street.
- Recycle used oil at the Seaside Park Recycling Center at 14th and Barnegat Avenues. Please place your used oil in a detergent bottle or something similar in the Enviro-shed. Do not dump your oil container.
- Please read the 2011 New Jersey Fertilizer Law A2290–a fact sheet can be downloaded here http://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/documents/NJFertilizerLaw2011.pdf
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. Avoid application if rain is in the immediate forecast. Read the label and follow the directions!
- Use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled and recyclable products whenever possible.
- Sweep your driveway and sidewalk rather than hose it down. (It’s also a waste of water!)
If you see someone deliberately dumping anything into a storm drain call the police at 732-793-8000, the DPW at 732-793-5100, or 1-877-WARN-DEP to report it.
Please check out the following links to learn more about stormwater and non-point pollution. http://www.cleanwaternj.org
Pet Waste and What You Can Do.
Clean and plentiful water is important to our families, our environment, our economy and our quality of life.
Did you know that animal waste from pets can pollute our waters? When left on the ground, pet waste is washed by rain and melting snow and ice into storm drains that carry it to our rivers, lakes, the ocean and drinking water.
Animal waste contains a high concentration of nutrients as well as bacteria and disease-causing microorganisms that can cause problems.
What you can do Pet owners or anyone who takes your pet for walks must properly dispose of the waste by picking it up, wrapping it and either placing it in the trash or flushing it unwrapped down the toilet. Your municipality is required to adopt and enforce local pet-waste laws. At a minimum, your community must require that pet owners or their keepers immediately and properly dispose of their pet’s solid waste deposited on any public or private property not owned or possessed by that person.
People with assistance animals such as Seeing Eye dogs are exempt. Make sure you know what your municipality requires – and follow it.
Thank you for doing your part to keep New Jersey’s waters clean.