Protect Water Quality
What is an illicit activity?
Ways to reduce illicit activities
How to report an illicit activity
Tallahassee and Leon County are
beautiful places to live, work and play. Majestic trees. Canopy roads. Gorgeous
streams and lakes. The entire community takes pride in our environment and
strives to protect its quality. Maintaining a quality environment is no small
task, especially when it comes to our surface water resources. The City of
Tallahassee and Leon County are working together, with citizens and businesses,
to protect these valuable water resources.
Perhaps one of the greatest
threats to our surface water resources is pollutants in stormwater runoff.
Simply stated, stormwater runoff is the water that flows over the land during
and immediately after a rainstorm. As this water flows, it collects all kinds of
things from sediment and leaves to pesticides and automobile fluids. These
contaminants can have a dramatic effect on our wildlife, fish, plants and
surface water quality.
The City and County have
received separate National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
municipal stormwater permits. Part of the NPDES Permit requires a Stormwater
Management Program which prohibits harmful pollutants from entering our
stormwater systems. This, in turn, reduces the amount of pollutants entering our
local surface water resources. Although the program works well, we need your
help to make it better. The most effective way to help is by eliminating illicit
Illicit activities are those
which intentionally or accidentally introduce pollutants into our stormwater
systems. Illicit discharge, dumping, spills and connections pose a great risk to
our water resources. Fortunately, most of these illicit activities can be
prevented in both residential and commercial areas.
- Any liquid, not composed entirely of
stormwater, that is introduced into a stormwater system. Examples include
solvents, vehicle fluids, fuels, paints, household products or chlorinated
swimming pool water.
- Unloading or disposal of solid, semi-solid
or liquid substances near or into a stormwater system. Examples include
motors, containers, grass clippings and leaves.
- Any intentional or accidental spill of
solid, semi-solid or liquid substances into or adjacent to a stormwater
system. Examples include fluids from vehicles, chemicals from drums or storage
tanks, used oil, paint containers or fertilizer.
– Any man-made conveyance which connects
non-stormwater discharges directly to a stormwater system. These illicit
conveyances are located either above or below the ground and may include
drains, pipes or ditches.
WAYS TO REDUCE ILLICIT ACTIVITIES
Dispose of household chemicals
properly at designated collection sites.
Follow label directions on
pesticide and fertilizer containers and dispose of properly.
Use yard waste as mulch or
dispose of properly by bagging or composting leaves and grass clippings.
Recycle approved containers.
Maintain septic systems.
De-chlorinate swimming pool
water before discharging.
Properly store and dispose of
substances used in commercial processes.
Landscape to prevent excessive
runoff and erosion.
Maintain privately owned
Learn and comply with local
With your help, we can protect
and preserve the valuable surface water resources of Tallahassee and Leon
County. Should you have any questions or would like to obtain more information,
call 891-6860 in the City or 606-1500 in Leon County. After all, this is our
town. Our home. Our future. Together we can protect our water.
Please prevent or report any illicit
activities you may see by calling 891-0000 in the City or 891-1002 in Leon