Recommended Methods for Storm Water Protectio

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

In Washington Terrace City, storm water flows through storm drains directly to creeks and rivers with NO TREATMENT. Water quality can be affected by a number of natural elements as well as chemical elements introduced by humans. 

What kind of contaminants might reach our rivers and streams?

Contaminants resulting from unwise landscaping practices such as over applying or over watering might include: dirt, leaves, grass clippings, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

Chemicals from household products from washing your car, painting, or household cleaners.

Toxins such as oil or antifreeze that may leak from your car

Local recreation areas are affected by storm water contamination and can result in harmful situations for humans and wildlife.
These areas include the Weber River, Ogden River (including North, Middle & South Fork), and Pineview Reservoir, among others.

What Can You Do?

General Practices:

  • Schedule excavation and grading work for dry
  • Perform major equipment repairs away from the job
  • When refueling or when vehicle/equipment maintenance must be done on site, designate a location away from storm drains or drainage
  • Do not use diesel oil to lubricate equipment or parts.

Storm Water Pollution from Construction Activities

Soil excavation and grading operations uncover and loosen large amounts of soil that can flow or blow into storm drains if handled improperly. These activities can be a major source of sediment and contaminants in storm water

Recent regulations require construction activities that disturb five acres or more to obtain a UPDES storm water discharge permit from the State Division of Water Quality. Also required is the development and implementation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

What Can You Do?

During Construction:

  • Remove existing vegetation only when absolutely
  • Consider planting temporary vegetation for erosion control on slopes or where construction is not immediately
  • Protect downslope drainage courses, streams, and storm drains with hay bales or temporary drainage
  • Use check dams or ditches to divert runoff around
  • Cover stockpiles and excavated soil with secured tarps or plastic

After Construction:

  • Re-vegetate and stabilize denuded areas as soon as
  • Remove dirt and debris from sidewalks, gutters, and drainage
  • Remove or stabilize stockpiled

Spill Response

Dial 911


Washington Terrace Public Works Department
(801) 395-8289


Weber-Morgan Health Department
Daytime: (801) 399-7160
24-Hour: (801-399-7169)


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