The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stormwater runoff

on April 25, 2017 waste management, Water consumption and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

Spring is here and with it comes lots of melting snow and rain.  This is the perfect time of year to check your storm drains in your parking lots and other retail property.

Storm drains are a huge source of water pollution in the United States.  Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground; parking lots and other paved areas prevent storm water runoff from soaking into the ground. Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.

Make sure your storm drains don't look like this!!!

Make sure your storm drains don’t look like this!

Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification program takes a look at what supermarkets and grocers can do to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff, including proper cleaning of storm drains.  Check out The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stormwater for a quick tutorial on what to look for.

To avoid pollution in storm water runoff, the EPA recommends that all commercial businesses develop an operation and maintenance (O&M) plan or manual if you don’t already have one. O&M plans may include:

  • Identification of the parties responsible for maintenance
  • Maintenance schedules
  • Inspection requirements
  • Frequency of inspections
  • Easements or covenants for maintenance
  • Identification of a funding source
  • Description of basic maintenance activities like weeding, mulching, trimming of shrubs and trees, replanting, sediment and debris removal, and inlet/outlet cleaning


Proper maintenance of storm drains is one of the hundreds of items reviewed and inspected while completing our Grocery Stewardship Certification.

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