Businesses can make a difference too. By capturing storm water from their properties, private businesses can reduce the amount of stormwater entering the sewer system which will lead to improved water quality of Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. Here are 5 easy ways businesses can prevent storm water runoff at your business:

1.) Reduce impervious surfaces – Impervious surfaces include your roof, driveway, sidewalks and parking lots. Green roofs reduce rooftop runoff by utilizing vegetation on the rooftop to catch the rain where it lands. Or consider directing your downspouts to a rain garden or cistern, and not to the storm drain on your street. For your driveways, sidewalks and parking lots consider installing permeable paving. These types of surfaces allow storm water to seep into the ground.

2.) Sweep up litter – keeping debris from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, especially around storm drains can prevent pollutants from entering the sewer system.

3.) Utilize and Maintain Landscaping to Prevent Soil Erosion – use native tree, shrubs and plants to beautify your site and absorb storm water naturally. Also, be sure to properly maintain existing landscaping to prevent soil erosion.

4.) Use and dispose of chemical products properly – Anytime you use gasoline, paint, motor oil, fertilizer, pesticides or any other chemicals DO NOT dispose of them by pouring them down drains. Businesses should contact the Onondaga County Resource and Recovery Agency for instructions on disposal of these products.

5.) Get Involved – learn more about storm water runoff and ways you can help reduce pollution.

Click here to learn more about the Green Improvement Fund!