Howard County is mandated by Federal law to establish an illicit discharge program. An illicit discharge is a discharge into a municipal separate storm sewer, which is not composed entirely of storm water. The Department of Public Work’s Storm Water Management Division is responsible for the program.
While the wastewater that leaves your home is piped to a treatment facility that cleans it before it is released into waterways, waste that goes into storm drains is untreated and goes into local rivers or streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Waste should not be allowed to enter storm drains and should be disposed of at a landfill. Liquid waste, including swimming pool water, runoff from washing your car, paint, and pavement sealers should also be diverted from the storm drain and be treated at the wastewater treatment plant to avoid harm to fish and plants in the nearby stream. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) should never be poured down any drain — storm or sink.
Help protect your local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay – do not dump anything down the storm drain. If you see anything other than stormwater going onto street surfaces or into the storm drains in the County, please report it immediately by calling the Howard County Storm Water Management Division, Angela Morales at (410) 313‑6586 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report in-stream water pollution problems, contact the Maryland Department of the Environment.