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Stormwater Management


Public Works - Storm Drain Marking Print

Storm Drain Marking

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The City's Public Works Department recently engaged in a Storm Drain Marking Campaign. The City has put forth an effort to educate people regarding the hazards associated with pollutants such as oil, dirt, chemicals and lawn fertilizers that may flow directly into our storm drains, and ultimately, our drinking water via Peck Sink.

stormDrain1Peck Sink Preserve comprises 112 acres located on the north side of Wiscon Road west of Mobley Road. Stormwater drains into The Peck Sink Basin, an area of approximately 17 sq. miles. Peck Sink is a composite of at least five separate sinkholes, two of which form vertical shafts directly connected to the upper Floridan Aquifer, the main source of our drinking water. So the importance of conserving and protecting this natural resource from mismanagement and pollution is obvious.

In a coordinated effort with the Florida Department of Transportation, City staff marked seven key storm drains at the busy intersection of South Broad Street and Cortez Boulevard. On the face of the storm drain inlets is written, NO DUMPING – DRAINS TO PECK SINK, and on top of each drain is adhered a medallion indicating a similar slogan.
StormdrainmapCity Public Works plans to continue this Storm Drain Marking Campaign at other areas within the City, in compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements as directed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.


Every one of us has a moral obligation to help conserve, and improve the quality of water that enters the stormwater drainage systems and promote a healthy environment in our community. City staff and the Department of Public Works is proud to do its part in protecting, conserving, and minimizing the entry of pollutants into its precious water resources.

 
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

Click here to read the articlePeck Sink Article


Peck Sink Preserve Storm Water Management System is ready for Mother Nature's wrath. 
icon Peck Sink system is completed. St. Pete Times article dated 4-12-13

icon Peck Sink - Tropical Storm Andrea

Water Conservation
"Water - Conserve & Preserve"
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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.

 
Stormwater Related Links Print

 

Florida DEP Stormwater Program

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/

 

Southwest Florida Water Management District

http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/

 

Southwest Florida Water Management District for Educators
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/

 

Southwest Florida Water Management District Florida Friendly Yards
Southwest Florida Water Management District - Florida Friendly Yards

 

Hernando County Extension Service

http:/extension.hernandocounty.us

 
Stormwater Management-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.

 
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