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The City’s storm drain system conveys unfiltered stormwater runoff directly into Hot Springs’ creeks, and ultimately into Lake Hamilton.
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Yes, leaves and grass clippings can clog the storm drain and cause flooding.
What can you do to help?
Anything other than rainwater being put down the storm drain is a violation of City ordinance.
Tests show one cigarette butt in two gallons of water will release enough chemicals to kill 80% of aquatic life.
One cigarette butt with tobacco remaining will kill 100% of aquatic life.
Because of impervious surfaces like pavement and rooftops, a typical city block generates more than five times more runoff than a woodland area of the same size.
Hazardous chemicals including soap, oil, grease, and even brake dust can cause great harm to aquatic life.