Business is a necessary part of our society, but it does not have to negatively impact our streams. Depending on your industry there may be one or more ways that your business can modify its current practices to support cool, clean water for life. Click on the links below to learn how your business can become Stream Smart.
Dirt, oil, and debris that collect in parking lots and paved areas can be washed into the storm sewer system and eventually enter local water bodies.
Pesticides and herbicides not only kill organisms on our landscapes, but will also kill aquatic life when washed into creeks. Fertilizers provide nutrients for our plants to grow, and when washed into creeks provide nutrients for algae blooms, which use up oxygen needed by fish.
Many buildings built prior to 2006 do not have any means of reducing or treating stormwater runoff from their properties. Some stormwater management features such as rain gardens and rain barrels can be easily added to developed sites, and will help to improve the quality of stormwater runoff flowing from your business to our creeks. If you have an existing facility and would like to add or upgrade stormwater management features visit our stormwater management page for brochures and guidance, or contact Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District for assistance.
Erosion: The process in which wind or water displaces and transports soil particles.
Sediment: Eroded material that is suspended in water or wind.
Erosion and subsequent runoff of sediment is one of the leading causes of pollution in our creeks. To reduce the amount of sediment entering creeks from construction projects, erosion and sediment control permits are required. Development and redevelopment projects often require that stormwater runoff from the property be accommodated with an approved stormwater management plan, for which low impact development may be used. Visit our stormwater management page for more information on erosion and sediment control permits and stormwater management plans.
Wastewater from carpet, drapes, furniture and window cleaning can contain hazardous chemicals, non-biodegradable fibers, dirt and oil. This wastewater must be disposed of properly so that it does not enter a stormwater system, creek or river.
Leaking oil, grease and other hazardous chemicals are a major source of stormwater pollution. A single quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water. Phosphates from detergents that end up in stormwater runoff lead to algae blooms in streams. If your business has a vehicle fleet, follow the steps below to ensure you are maintaining your vehicles in a Stream Smart manner.
The automotive industry utilizes chemicals and materials that are very toxic to human health and aquatic life, if they end up in our creeks and rivers. Automotive repair shops generate toxic pollutants from dip tanks, paints and paint thinners, antifreeze, batteries, parts washers, cleaners, and petroleum products. If your shop generates more than half a 55-gallon drum a month of waste products, you are required to register with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as a hazardous waste generator. Operating your facility and disposing of these chemicals properly is essential to being Stream Smart.
Thermofluids – Used oil and hazardous materials disposal company in White City, OR.
Schnitzer – Scrap metal recycler in White City, OR
EPA’s Green link program – provides assistance and information for the automotive industry.
Ecobiz – Become a certified ecological business.
Rogue Valley Sewer Service – BMPs for Automotive Industry.
Food Service owners are responsible for proper disposal of wastes that originate from their business including food scraps, fats, grease, oil, mop water, wash water from filter cleaning, and drainage from dumpsters. Fats, oils and grease, known as FOG, can be an environmental hazard as they are a common cause of sanitary sewer back-ups and resultant sewer overflows. FOG also hinders treatment of wastewater at wastewater treatment plants.
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