The City of Spokane’s Wastewater Management Department is asking citizens to take a quick, on-line survey to gauge knowledge of stormwater pollution and improve education efforts around this issue. The survey is available at www.spokanewastewater.org/stormwatersurvey.aspx. Citizens also will be reminded about the survey in an insert in their City utility bills.
Stormwater is defined as rain or snowmelt that runs over surfaces including driveways, streets, and sidewalks before flowing through an underground stormwater collection system and into the Spokane River. On its journey, stormwater picks up pollutants, such as pet waste, excess fertilizer, and leaked motor oil. Aquatic life, plants, and humans are impacted by polluted stormwater.