Haslett Public Schools is dedicated to preserving, maintaining, and enhancing the region’s watersheds. The District has developed a stormwater management program to help with this goal. Stormwater runoff is created when rain or melted water falls on pavement, buildings, and other impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. In developed areas in our township, we limit flooding by moving this runoff from our parking lots and neighborhoods through storm drains, many of which discharge directly into rivers and streams. Because the water in our storm sewer does not get processed at a treatment plant, any contaminant on the ground can "hitch a ride" with runoff and impact our shared surface waters. Pet waste, oil, leaves, and dirty water from cleaning your car can enter storm drains and flow downstream where it harms aquatic habitats and makes water unsafe for swimming, canoeing, and other water-related activities. The District takes steps to reduce this pollution to improve water quality and to meet state and federal requirements.
To help facilitate a regional approach to stormwater management, Haslett Public Schools is a member of the Tri-County Facility Directors Forum. Visit mywatersheds.org to learn about upcoming events, find steps you can take to limit water pollution, and to get involved in managing our shared water resources!
An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except for discharges allowed under an NPDES permit or water used for firefighting operations. Many of these non-stormwater discharges occur due to illegal connections to the storm drain system from commercial, residential, and other establishments.
Please help us protect our surface waters and watershed by reporting illicit discharges and dumping into the District's stormwater sewer system. You can email the Director of Facilities and Operations, Steve Kioski at firstname.lastname@example.org to report any suspicious activities. Illicit discharges and dumping allow contaminated wastewater into our local waterways without receiving any treatment. Such activities may be intentional but also may be unknown to the property owner. Some examples of illicit discharges or dumping are improper disposal of sewage from recreational vehicles, or cleaning pool filters, paint brushes, and vehicles in a driveway or in the street.
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
When not stored, used, or disposed of properly, household hazardous waste pollutes our waters. Household cleaners, paints, automotive fluids, and more should be recycled at a household hazardous waste event or designated collection facility. Check out these links to learn more about area collection events and resources to help you properly dispose of household materials!
Pollution Prevention Tips
Want to learn more about how you can protect our waterways at your home, school, or business? Visit the GLRC website for articles, brochures, and flyers, and feel free to print and post them at your workplace or classroom! You can also discover what watershed you live in, and find pollution prevention tips!