The City of St. Augustine Beach is taking steps to improve the quality of our surface waters by reducing the amount of pollution carried to our waterways due to stormwater runoff.

Stormwater is water that originates from rain and enters the City's stormwater system. Precipitation that is not absorbed into the ground due to an impervious surface, like concrete or asphalt, is considered stormwater runoff.

The City's stormwater system is designed to collect stormwater runoff in catch basins and storm drains and channel that water to our waterways using a network of underground pipes that make up our stormwater system. A variety of toxic pollutants are washed from the streets and parking lots into storm drains, waterways, and ultimately to the ocean. These pollutants include leaking oil, antifreeze, and gasoline from motor vehicles; copper dust which is released from motor vehicle brake pad linings; rubber tire dust; soaps and chemicals used to wash motor vehicles; waste motor oil from vehicles, lawn mowers, and small equipment; and fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. This type of pollution is called non-point source pollution due to the fact that it comes from many unidentifiable sources making it hard to regulate and prevent.

Stormwater pollution has a significant effect on surface waters and is a major problem in cities all over the country.

How you can help:
The best way to reduce stormwater pollution is to stop it at its source. Keep your storm drains clean and free of debris. Remember that pollutants flushed down storm drains directly affects the quality of our waterways and could possibly make them unsafe for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water related activities. Here are some tips to help keep our waterways clean:

Report Illegal Dumping:
Dumping waste down storm drains is not only bad for the environment, it is illegal too. If you have questions or a complaint please call the City of St. Augustine Beach Public Works Department at 904-471-1119, or email at .