Stormwater Management Division - City of Melbourne, Florida

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Keep Brevard Beautiful
Seeking volunteers to assist in several environmental programs and activities.
Click here to learn more (WEB)

Storm Drain Marking

Enlisting volunteers to place storm drain markers atop inlets, which brings attention to the storm drain system. Click here to learn more(PDF)

 

Stormwater Utility
Contact Information

City of Melbourne
Engineering Department
Stormwater Utility
900 Strawbridge Ave
Melbourne, FL  32901
Telephone: (321) 608-7344
Fax: (321) 608-7319
swu@melbourneflorida.org
 

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES

  • Illegal Dumping
  • Illegal Connections to the Stormwater Sewer System
  • Abandoned Waste

E-mail or call

(321) 608-7341

 

 
How You Can Help

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants.  Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.  Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water.

By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater.  Adopt these healthy household habits and remember to share them with your neighbors!

Vehicle and Garage

  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize the amount of dirty, soapy water flowing into the storm drain.
     
  • Check your car, boat, motorcycle, and other machinery and equipment for leaks and spills.  Make repairs as soon as possible.  Clean up spilled fluids with an absorbent material like kitty litter or sand, and don't rinse the spills into a nearby storm drain.  Remember to properly dispose of the absorbent material.
     
  • Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating service stations.  Don't dump these chemicals down the storm drain or dispose of them in your trash.

Lawn and Garden

  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.  When use is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts.  Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain; otherwise, chemicals will be washed into a storm drain.
     
  • Select native plants and grasses that are drought- and pest-resistant.  Native plants require less water, fertilize, and pesticides.  Visit the Native Plant Society at http://www.fnps.org
     
  • Sweep up yard debris, rather than hosing down areas.  Compost or recycle yard waste.
     
  • Don't over water your lawn.  Water during the cool times of the day, and don't let water run off into the storm drain.
     
  • Cover piles of dirt and mulch being used in landscaping projects to prevent these pollutants from blowing or washing off your yard.  Vegetate bare spots in your yard to  prevent soil erosion.

Pet Care

  • When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method.  Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain.

Home Repair and Improvements

  • Before beginning an outdoor project, locate the nearest storm drains and protect them from debris and other materials.
     
  • Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris such as concrete and mortar.
     
  • Use hazardous substances like paints, solvents, and cleaners in the smallest amounts possible, and follow the directions on the label.  Clean up spills immediately, and dispose of the waste safely. Store substances properly to avoid leaks and spills.
     
  • Purchase and use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled, and recyclable products whenever possible.
     
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors.   Filter and reuse paint thinner when using oil-based paints.  Properly dispose of excess paints through Brevard County's hazardous  household collection center.
     
  • Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard.  Use native plants in your landscaping to reduce the need for watering during dry periods.  Consider directing downspouts away from paved surfaces onto lawns and other measures to increase infiltration and reduce polluted runoff.
 

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