Stormwater Quality

  1. Pet Waste Issues
  2. Water Conservation
  3. Landscaping and Gardening
  4. Hazardous Waste Disposal
  5. Household Chemicals
  6. Water Rebates

Pet Waste Issues

  • Leaving pet waste on the ground increases health risks.
  • Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. Properly pick up and dispose of waste in the trash.
  • Bacteria in waste can come in the form of E. Coli, hookworm, whipworm, and ascarids. This excess harmful bacteria, when left on the ground, becomes stormwater runoff. 
  • High rates of dog waste in concentrated park areas may lead to contaminated stormwater runoff and the spread of various harmful parasites, leaving town residents and their pets at risk.
  • The EPA classifies pet waste as a non-point source pollutant. Dog waste is a contributing factor to poor water quality according to the EPA and specifically affects drinking water supplies, fisheries, and wildlife as it is transported by rain runoff and snow melt into local waterways.

Please pick up after your dog.

Did You Know?

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rainfall or snowmelt flows over the grounds surface. Impervious surfaces like roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other non-porous surfaces do not allow water to soak into the ground. These surfaces increase stormwater runoff to drainage ditches, streams, creeks, detention ponds, and lakes.

Contaminated stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas.

Did you know that if you live in the Town of Monument, your stormwater runoff ends up in Monument Lake, Monument Creek, or in our ground water?

The actions people take will impact the Town and downstream areas, resulting in stream impairment from contaminates that effect, aquatic life, our water quality, and our environment.



Significant numbers of Colorado residents are unaware that stormwater runoff is not treated by conventional treatment methods before entering local creeks, streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes. 
By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and  automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater.
Adopt these healthy household  habits and help protect these precious resources.
Remember to share these tips with your neighbors to prevent stormwater pollution, because we are all downstream!

Remember, YOU are the key to reducing pollution that flows into our waterways! Your actions have an impact on the water cycle.