Storm water runoff is water from a precipitation event (rain or snow) and urban runoff occurring from human activities like car washing and over-watering of landscaping that runs off the land surfaces toward surface waters including our washes and rivers. During runoff this water comes into contact with many pollutants that result from human actions.
WHat is stormwater runoff?
Storm water runoff is water from a precipitation event (rain or snow) and urban runoff occurring from human activities like car washing and over-watering of landscaping that runs off the land surfaces toward surface waters including our washes and rivers.
During runoff this water comes into contact with many pollutants that result from human actions
What can I do to help?
- Properly maintain your vehicle.
- Take your vehicle to a car wash or use biodegradable soaps
- Sweep sidewalks and driveways
- Use non-toxic chemicals whenever possible in your yard
- Pool backwash must drain to landscaped areas or other containment areas within your property
- Don’t over-water landscaping
- Only rain should go into storm drains. Please report illegal dumping
- Carpool when possible
- Dispose of household chemicals through the Pima Household Hazardous Waste Program.
What pollutants are entering the storm system?
- Automotive: Antifreeze, Brake fluid, Auto transmission fluid, Soot from automotive exhaust, Degreasers, Grease, Gasoline, Motor Oil, Rubber, Tire dust, Trace metals
- Household: Barbecue lighter fluid, Bleach, Cleaning Solutions, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaners, Garbage, Paint Stripper & Thinner, Paints, Varnish, Window Cleaners, Wood Preservatives
- Pet: Flea Killers, Pet Wastes, Cat litter
- Yard: Bare Soil, Grass Clippings, Leaves, Herbicides, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Sawdust, metal shavings, Soap, Detergents, Swimming Pool & Spa Chemicals
Stormwater Management Program Overview
Stormwater pollution is currently the major cause of water pollution today. The Town of Marana is regulated under the Phase II stormwater program known as the Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elmination System (AZPDES). The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality administers the program and has defined six minimum control measures for compliance.
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
- Control of Post-construction Site Runoff
- Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
The Household Hazardous Waste Program
The Household Hazardous Waste Program is a joint effort between the City of Tucson and Pima County. This program is designed to collect hazardous waste from residents in the community.
Common household and automotive products become a hazard to the environment when disposed of improperly. Leftover quantities of these products should never be poured down the drain, put in trash, or stored for excessive periods of time. Bring them to the household waste collection sites for safe disposal (fees may apply).
To visit the Household Hazardous Waste website for more information on locations and items considered hazardous waste, please click on the link below .
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) Phase II Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) Construction General Permit authorizes stormwater discharges from large and small construction-related activities that result in a total land disturbance of equal to or greater than 1 acre, where those discharges enter surface waters of the U.S. or a storm drain. The goal of this permit is to reduce or eliminate stormwater pollution from construction activity through development and implementation of an appropriate stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).Operators of construction falling under the above designation are required to:
- Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to ADEQ
- Prepare a site specific SWPPP
- Submit a Notice of Termination (NOT) to ADEQ when final stabilization of the site has been achieved or when another operator has assumed control of the site.
**The Town of Marana requests SWPPP’s submitted to the Town for review be provided in book format including necessary attachments indicated on the SWPPP checklist below.
Below are some resources to assist operators in obtaining coverage under this permit. All Resources are in PDF format and will open in a new browser window.
- 2008 AZPDES Construction General Permit (2.9 MB)
- ADEQ Notice of Intent (3.2 MB)
- ADEQ Construction SWPPP Checklist (26 KB)
- 2008 AZPDES Construction Fact Sheet (188 KB)
- ADEQ Notice of Termination (320 KB)
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has reissued the AZPDES Construction General Permit. The links above will take you to the recently adopted versions of appropriate documents.
Outreach and Education
"Clean Water Starts With Me"
Pima Association of Governments in coordination with the Town of Marana, City of Tucson, Pima County, ADOT and other local agencies is launching its "Clean Water Starts With Me" campaign to inform the public on how to keep stormwater runoff from becoming contaminated with pollutants.
Click to visit the website
Stormwater Coloring Book
The Town of Marana wants to thank the students of Marana High School whose creativity and artistic ability allowed us to make the coloring book a reality. To view the coloring book, please click on the link below. If you would like to order a copy, please contact the Environmental Engineering Divison at (520) 382-2600.
Adopt A Drain Program
If your group or organization would like to participate in the Town of Marana's Adopt A Drain program, please contact Paula Bluemer at 382-2600 for more information.
Follow the links below to download and print brochures about stormwater pollution prevention. All brochures are in PDF format and will open in a new browser window.
- Stormwater Library: A complete list of materials that can be viewed at the Marana Municipal Complex.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Brochure: General information on stormwater and tips for pollution prevention at home.
- Automotive Brochure: Tips for the automotive industry.
- Green Wrench Guide: Stormwater Best Management Practices for the Automotive Industry.
- A Guide for Restaurant Managers: Detailed ways to reduce stormwater pollution from restaurant practices.
- Construction Brochure: Guidance on how to come into compliance with the Arizona Construction General Permit.
- Attention Pool and Spa Owners: information pool and spa owners need to know.