What is a “Rain Check?” Did you know that our daily activities can have an impact on water quality, especially when it rains? This site provides information about stormwater pollution and tips on how we can work together to ensure the health of our natural waters. Check out our video, brochures, and other resources below for more information!
According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the quality of Georgia’s natural waters is threatened by the daily activities of people and businesses. Thousands of miles of waterways throughout Georgia are impacted by stormwater runoff, which can carry harmful pollutants. In fact, the leading threat to our water quality in Georgia is stormwater pollution. One of the most effective ways to combat the adverse effects of runoff is by educating our residents and visitors on their impacts and preventative actions we can all take.
You Can Make a Difference
Some things we all can do as part of a Rain Check include:
- Make sure all litter stays inside our cars when traveling (including cigarette butts) and dispose of trash in the proper place.
- Pick up pet waste in public spaces such as parks and rest areas, as well as in our own yards, and dispose of it in a trashcan.
- Check cars for oil, brake fluid, or antifreeze leaks, and get leaks fixed right away.
- Wash cars on grass or gravel instead of the street or driveway, or go to a car wash that recycles water.
- Recycle used motor oil and car batteries at designated centers.
- Check the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used on lawns to be sure that we don’t use too much; excess will run off.