The City of Dover holds a permit under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). Under this permit, the City has an obligation to make efforts to improve the quallity of stormwater that runs off of our streets and ultimately into waterways, such as Silver Lake and the St. Jones River.
Much of the pollution that ends us in our waterways comes from non-point sources, which are scattered sites throughout the watershed. Many of the things we do each day contribute to the pollution that ultimately enters our waterways. How we fertilize and maintain our yards, dispose of our pet waste, and wash and maintain our cars all affect the quality of the water that runs off of the land and into our water bodies.
There are a number of resources available to help residents make changes in our daily activities so that we can all help improve water quality.