Water in our storm drains flows untreated into our waterways. The purpose of the Storm Water Division is to prevent urban pollutants from reaching our rivers and streams. The aim is to assist the community with defining its priority storm water management objectives, in the context of physical, environmental, and socio-economic concerns, and to develop and implement strategies to address the same, as expeditiously and to the fullest extent possible, within the resources the community chooses to allocate to these efforts.
In March, 2003, the Town of Berthoud adopted a Stormwater Quality Management Plan in compliance with the Phase 2 requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulation. The goal of the Plan is to protect storm water quality by controlling and/or eliminating pollutant discharges into stormwater sewer systems.
The regulation requires Berthoud to administer a group of programs to assure water quality is maintained. It also requires any individual or entity, planning construction activities that involve disturbance of one acre or greater, to design and implement erosion control and water quality measures into such activities and obtain a stormwater permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
For more information on storm water requirements visit the Larimer County Stormwater website.
What a Resident Can Do To Protect Water Quality
Send nothing to the storm drain but rain by following these simple tips;
- Clean up after your pet and don't let your pet's mess go into the drain.
- Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater.
- Wash your car in your yard so the water soaks into the ground, and not the drain.
- Repair automotive leaks and legally dispose of used auto fluids.
- Don't use pesticides and fertilizers, or use sparingly and away from the drain.
- Monitor your lawn watering requirements, please don't over-water.
For more information on stormwater requirements: