Be a Part of the Solution to Storm Water Pollution

Do you know where the majority of water pollution comes from? You may think it comes from factories or large tankers, but you are wrong. It comes from you and me. In fact, over 60% of New Jersey’s water pollution comes from “people pollution!” This type of pollution is called non-point source pollution.

Think of a rainstorm and your street like waterfront property. As the water hits your house, lawn, driveway, and street, it can pick up dirt, oil, pesticides, fertilizers, and litter. The water and its “luggage” (these potential pollutants) then goes to the closest storm-drain and into a series of pipes that lead directly to the river.

Many people believe that the water is treated before emptying into the river. This is not true! That means all the water that runs into the storm drains in High Bridge goes directly into the South Branch of the Raritan River!

What can you do to help?

It’s simple! Dump nothing on your property or down the storm drain that you wouldn’t swim in or drink!

Here are a few changes we can make to ensure a clean water supply for years to come:

  • Pick up after your pet and dispose of pet waste in the garbage, not the storm-drain.
  • Use less fertilizer.
  • Avoid pesticides.
  • Compost garden trimmings.
  • Take motor oil to the Recycling Center.
  • Pick up litter in the street.

The High Bridge Environmental Commission is working to increase community awareness of storm-drain pollution. Look at the storm drains in your neighborhood. You will see markers with the message; “No Dumping: Drains to River.” These markers will serve as a reminder that we all play a part in the solution to water pollution!