Stormwater Management


Suggestions For everyday actions

  • Consider organic gardening.
  • Use natural pesticides.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Check your car for leaks.
  • Properly store and dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Wash your car at the car wash.
  • Use trash can lids.
  • Please do not litter.
  • Do not feed wildlife.

What is Stormwater Pollution?

According to the below statement by NJ Clean water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater runoff. This water, which travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drainpipes and ditches, usually is not treated, but then flows or is discharged into local water bodies. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, Styrofoam cups, etc.) and toxins and other pollutants (gas, motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides, and pet droppings). This polluted stormwater can kill fish and other wildlife, destroy wildlife habitat, contaminate drinking water sources and force the closing of beaches because of health threats to swimmers.

Human activity is largely responsible for stormwater pollution. Everything that we put on the ground or into the storm drain can end up in our water. Each of us has a responsibility to make sure these contaminants stay out of our water. Whether we have clean water is up to you.

Borough of Surf City MSPPP 2021

Surf City Stormwater Management Plan

NJDEP Stormwater Training Program

Local and state references

more resources

Water Conservation

The usage of water for
the sprinkling of lawns and gardens during the peak season of June 1 through September 30:

  •  Odd number houses may water on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Even number houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
  • No watering is permitted between the hours
    of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • No watering is permitted on


Properly Dispose Trash

All garbage must be contained in a can with a watertight lid.

  • The following items may be disposed at the Southern Ocean County Recycling Facility:
    • Auto & Boat Batteries
    • Motor Oil
    • Latex & Oil Paint
    • Antifreeze

For more information about hazardous waste disposal:

Ocean County Recycling

stormwater friendly lawn care

  • Try to use natural or organic fertilizer and pesticides.
  • Retain glass clippings.
  • Set mower to 3 inches or higher.
  • Consider permeable pavers for your hardscape projects.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to improve filtration.
  • Landscape for wildlife.
  • Reduce runoff by installing drains or trenching.


Pet Waste

  • When left on the ground, pet waste is
    washed by rain and melting snow and ice into storm drains that carry it to our rivers, lakes, the ocean and drinking water.
    Animal waste contains a high concentration of nutrients as well as bacteria and disease-causing microorganisms that can cause problems.