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April is Stormwater Awareness Month!!

Posts continue all month long..

Date Stormwater Fact/Topic

 Week of April 1st:


Happy Stormwater Awareness Month!

Are you enjoying the beautiful day and getting some yard work done? Remember to sweep up the sidewalks and curblines to remove winter accumulation so that material doesn’t get washed into the storm sewers — rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. #OSAM


Week of April 6th:

#DYK when it rains debris in the street washes into storm drains and flows to nearby streams?

Keep Omaha streets free of trash and debris by picking up litter in your neighborhood. Learn more at #OSAM

#DYK stormwater temperature increases while traveling across heat-absorbing hard surfaces, causing damage to freshwater habitats?

By making more green places and directing runoff through them, we can reduce thermal pollution added by our urban setting. Check out the Sustainable Landscapes Manual for ideas for your green space:

Are you looking for something educational and fun for the kids? Try this environmental word search: https://…/4228/environmental-word-search.pdf

Find more fun activities and ideas at:

Native perennials and grasses with deep roots help water infiltrate into the soil instead of running off. Trees can provide cooling shade four your house and property.

Visit for a great directory of plants, trees, and shrubs to use in your landscape. #OSAM 


Week of April 13th:

#DYK cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. Stormwater runoff easily carries cigarette butts to rivers and lakes where they are deadly to fish and other marine life #OSAM

Properly dispose of cigarette butts; don’t litter it’s the law! To learn more visit  #OSAM

 #DYK that in a 1” rain, over 600 gallons of water can run off a 1,000 sq. ft. roof? #OSAM

Rain barrels capture stormwater runoff from roofs for later use. Visit for more information about rain harvesting and resources for building your own rain barrel.  #OSAM


A rain barrel can collect some of this water for you to use later and reduces runoff volume. They are really easy to build and can be adapted to accommodate your setup. Rain barrels save water and help the environment.

You can find instructions on how to create a rain barrel and useful tips on our website

UTS Rain Barrel
UTS Rain Barrel


Interested in building a rain barrel?

Please look out for our rain barrel assembly demonstration video on Saturday at 1:51PM during #virtualearthdayomaha

Week of April 20th:

#DYK Swimming pool chemicals have harmful impacts on aquatic life. Just 1 pint of chlorine in 20,000 gallons of water is poisonous to fish.

Swimming pool water should always be drained to a sanitary sewer. Only rain down a storm drain! #OSAM

Did you know about 1/10 of all plastic created every year ends up in our oceans, causing harm to aquatic life and smothering habitats?

Plastic litter on water surrounding ducks
Plastic litter on water surrounding ducks

Recycle your water bottles & plastics whenever possible; call 402-444-5238 for your nearest recycling drop-off location.  #OSAM

Did you know sediment is the #1 pollutant in Nebraska’s streams?

You can help prevent sediment erosion by repairing bare spots in your lawn before they become a bigger problem.  #OSAM

The Dead Zone, it’s not just a Stephen King Novel. #DYK annually the Mississippi River carries 1.5 million tons of nitrogen fertilizer creating a New Jersey-sized “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico?

We’re all Downstream!

Doing yard work this weekend?  Reduce your impact on the Gulf and local waters by cleaning up grass clippings and limiting fertilizer use. #OSAM

 Did you know Omaha requires new construction and renovation projects to manage the first 1/2″ of runoff water before it leaves the site?

Green Infrastructure strategies, such as rain gardens & permeable pavement, are used to reduce stormwater runoff & pollutants.    #OSAM

Week of April 27th:

#DYK It is estimated that a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria?

Keep E. coli out of Omaha’s waters by picking up after your pets.  Visit  for more information #OSAM

It’s Water Wisdom Wednesday…Did you know a faucet with a leak of only 15 drops per minute equals 788 gallons of water wasted a year?

Checking your household faucets for leaks is an easy way to help conserve water.  Visit for more ways to conserve.  #OSAM

#DYK Your grass doesn’t soak up as much as you may think. Up to 95% of stormwater can run off of a turf grass lawn.

Learn more about green infrastructure and how you can absorb more water into your landscape by going to  #OSAM

 Did you know over-watering or misdirecting sprinklers to hard surfaces increases runoff & wastes a lot of water?

Direct your sprinkler heads to only water the lawn, not the pavement.  Watering during the cool parts of the day also improves absorption! #OSAM


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