Stormwater Management

Stormwater Runoff
Stormwater runoff is produced when precipitation events flows over land or other impenetrable surfaces and does not permeate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impenetrable surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is expelled untreated. The primary method to control storm water discharges is the use of best management practices (BMPs). In addition, most storm water discharges are considered point sources and require coverage under an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

Storm Drainage Design Standards

More Information About Stormwater Runoff
Environmental Management
EPA Stormwater Program
Grass Clippings and Stormwater - Water Quality
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center
Texas SmartScape (Landscaping with native and adapted plants to conserve water, protect the environment, and beautify your home.)
Take Care of Texas

How to Start Composting in Your Own Backyard

Summer is here, and Texans have already seen rising temperatures. Warmer, drier weather can be hard on your garden and backyard, but composting is a great way to not only nourish your soil but reduce waste and save a little money. Take Care of Texas presents the video "How to Start Composting in Your Own Backyard." Travis County Master Gardener Patricia Mokry demonstrates a number of simple ways you can begin or improve your backyard compost pile.

What is compost?

Compost forms when you mix together things like leaves, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and used tea bags. When combined with heat and water, the mixture breaks down into a nutrient-rich material that can enrich your soil. Why compost?
  • Save money - a healthy garden needs less water and fertilizer and you won’t need lawn and leaf bags.
  • Save time - no more bagging cut grass or leaves. And applying less fertilizer and water means you’ll have more time to enjoy your yard.
  • Take Care of Texas - you’ll extend the life of landfills, conserve water, and reduce water pollution from fertilizer run off.
Take Care of Texas has a handy guide on mulching and composting available to download free of charge.

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