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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.
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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.
The City’s storm drain system conveys unfiltered stormwater runoff directly into Hot Springs’ creeks, and ultimately into Lake Hamilton.
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.