The Town of Brownsburg's Stormwater Program provides a broad range of services related to stormwater quality and quantity, including public education, storm system maintenance, inspections, management, reducing the amount of stormwater pollution associated with illegal connections and discharges, and general drainage improvements throughout the Town.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has designated the Town of Brownsburg as a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The Town is required to comply with a state-issued stormwater permit (INR040002) (PDF). Brownsburg is implementing a program to prevent stormwater pollution in urban runoff and improve the water quality of local water bodies.
The Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) describes Brownsburg’s MS4 program and the way in which the program is implemented. Annual Reporting of the MS4 program (PDF) implementation measures and goals are required to be submitted to IDEM each year.
What Is Stormwater
Stormwater is the runoff from natural precipitation, such as rainwater, snowmelt, or other surface drainages transported by streets, sewers, gutters, swales, and ditches to local streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.
Items that pollute stormwater include fertilizers, used motor oils, animal waste, and insecticides/herbicides.
Ways to Prevent Stormwater Pollution
- Don't blow grass or pile leaves on the sidewalk or in the street where they can blow or wash into storm drains. Aim your mower away from paved areas. Use a leaf blower or broom to move clippings into the yard, not into the street.
- Don't dump grass clipping or other yard waste in a swale, ditch, or creek. Recycle grass clippings as a natural fertilizer. Leave them on the lawn to biodegrade or compost it for rich natural fertilizer for your plants and garden.
- Bag your leaves for the Town of Brownsburg's free curbside pick-up leaf service in the fall.
- Properly dispose of yard waste at the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District's recycling center.
- Curbside recycling is available through Ray's Trash Service and Republic Services.
"Only stormwater belongs in storm drains!"