Controlling flooding and protecting our environment
- What is Stormwater?
- How Does Castle Pines Manage Stormwater?
- Keep Stormwater Clean!
- Nutrient Pollution
- Links & Permits
On November 1, 2018, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued the new Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities. The notice, fact sheet, and all final documents can be found at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cor400000-stormwater-discharge. The permit will take effect on April 1, 2019, replacing the current general permit that has been in place since 2007.
Stormwater is rain or snowmelt that falls on streets, parking areas, rooftops and other developed land and is not absorbed into the ground. As the stormwater flows over driveways, lawns and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals and other pollutants. The stormwater either flows directly into nearby bodies of water or travels through the drainage systems to get there. Storm drains are not part of the sewer system, so water in storm drains is not treated before entering streams, rivers or lakes.
By managing stormwater, communities are better able to protect our environment, reduce flooding, support healthier streams and rivers, and create healthier, more sustainable communities.
The City of Castle Pines is committed to maintaining a proactive stormwater management program to improve the quality of runoff entering the storm drain system and receiving streams. The program plays a critical role in controlling flooding, enhancing safety, protecting the environment and meeting the requirements of federal environmental regulations.
Castle Pines holds an Environmental Protection Agency Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, which requires the City to monitor, maintain and control its stormwater facilities. Stormwater must be managed for the good of the entire community, because water runoff does not follow subdivision or community boundaries. The City is responsible for the repair and maintenance of existing stormwater facilities as well as the construction of needed capital improvement projects related to the stormwater system.
Other City responsibilities include:
- Administering the MS4 stormwater permit for the City to include inspection services, reporting, and annual report to the CDPHE
- Maintaining stormwater infrastructure
- Administering criteria and best management practices identified in the stormwater manual
- Maintaining membership in professional stormwater organizations and provide public informational advertisements in the local newspaper as required under the MS4 permit
- Performing development review of stormwater plans for private development
We can all do our part to keep the stormwater in Castle Pines clean! Here are some simple tips to help ensure that pollutants don't contaminate nearby bodies of water:
- Use chemical fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. Sprinklers and rain wash chemicals into nearby storm drains and eventually into area streams and lakes. Even lawn clippings contain pollutants. Leave clippings on the lawn as natural fertilizer or compost them.
- Clean up after pets. Pet waste contains pollutants that can contaminate surface water.
- Wash cars at commercial car washes instead of at home in your driveway. The water you used to wash your car in the driveway drains to creeks and other surface water.
- Prevent dripping and spilling of automotive fluids. Repair leaks and recycle oil, antifreeze and other fluids.
- Properly dispose of paints, solvents, used oil, cleaning products and other hazardous household wastes.
Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle. There are several things residents can do to reduce the potential of nutrients getting in to our waterways. For more information view a helpful brochure produced by the Colorado Stormwater Council.
Hosted by the Tri-County Health Department, bring your household chemicals, oils and batteries to any of the three Chemical Roundups that take place throughout Douglas County annually. These are open to all residents of Douglas County, so proof of residency (such as a driver's license or utility bill) is required. Cost is $25 per vehicle.
Accepted items include:
- House, garden and pool chemicals
- Automotive Fluids
- Propane tanks (1-20 lbs.)
- Aerosol cans
- Passenger vehicle and truck tires (removed from rim)
- Vehicle and household batteries
- Paint and paint products
- CFL and fluorescent light bulbs
Castle Pines detects and eliminates pollution from entering the City storm drains as part of the illicit discharges and stormwater quality requirements ordinance.
Residents and visitors can help by pollution entering storm drains and waterways.
Things to look for include:
- An unusual color of the water
- An unusual or foul odor
- Suds or puddles when there has not been recent precipitation
- Any unusual-looking substance leaving the storm drain
- Illegal dumping of waste near storm drains (e.g., household chemicals, automobile fluids)
- A large number of dead or dying animals including fish, crayfish, insects, waterfowl or other animals near a waterbody
To report a concern or spill contact the Public Works Director
Public Works Director