Fireworks contain metals, nitrates and sulfur, along with paper, plastic and other materials. If fireworks residue is not swept up after Fourth of July festivities, rain will wash these pollutants into nearby storm drains.
In some areas, storm drains and pipes carry untreated stormwater directly into waterways, where pollutants harm fish and other aquatic life.
There are many steps the public can take to help keep our local waterways clean. We all have the responsibility to reduce pollution. If you use fireworks, you need to use them safely and responsibly, and that includes cleaning up afterward!
WE ARE WORKING ON A DATE TO CLEAN UP AFTER 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS WHERE PEOPLE MAY NEGLECT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. PLEASE STAY TUNED ON MORE INFO ON THE DANGERS OF CHEMICAL POLLUTANTS FROM FIREWORKS AS WELL AS ON A DATE TO HELP US PROTECT OUR LOCAL WATERWAYS FROM POLLUTANTS.