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Protect Our Lakes and Ponds...Don’t Dump into Storm Drains
Posted on May 14th, 2021

We are trying to get the word out that anything we put in a storm drain goes untreated directly into the retention ponds that the HOA maintains.  Many people are unaware of this fact and they use our storm drains to dispose of materials such as used oil, paint products, automobile detergents, grass clippings, leaves, trash, and pet waste. Other things such as fertilizer, pesticides, and sediments enter our storm drains as polluted runoff during rainfall events. All of these pollutants have been shown to lower local water quality and threaten the health of aquatic plants and animals. 
 
Your HOA maintains the retention ponds with aerators that pump oxygen in the water and we have hired Lake Doctors to help us maintain a healthy and clean bio-system in our retention ponds.  This includes monitoring the sediment that builds up over time at the bottom of the retention basins.  Lake Doctors treats our retention ponds with additives that digest the organic matter and control the build up of organic sediment.  We also seed our retention ponds with a fish that eats the grasses and other organic matter - keeping the depth at a healthy level.  It is important that we keep the bio-system healthy so the fish can do their job.
 
Dredging our retention basins would cost several hundred thousand dollars, which is why the board would like all residents to follow these simple tips to prevent stormwater pollution:
 
1. Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly and keep them off the driveway or sidewalk.
2. Clean up after your pets and dispose of the pet waste in the trash.
3. Clear trash and debris from the storm drains.
4. Keep lawns cleanly edged and don't leave grass clippings in the street and gutter.
5. Sweep driveways and sidewalks clean, don’t hose them down.
6. Never dump yard waste down storm drains or along streams. When these natural materials decay they reduce oxygen levels, harming aquatic life.
7. Minimize salt use on sidewalks and driveways during the winter. 
8. Clean vehicles on unpaved surfaces or at a commercial car wash to avoid washing suds down the drain.
 
Call the Storm Water hotline to report materials being dumped into storm drains to the Butler County Storm Water District at 513-785-4101.  Find Out More at: www.StormWaterDistrict.org; www.ButlerSWCD.org; www.ButlerCountyStreamTeam.org; www.GreatMiamiRiverCleanUp.org
 
 
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