Why can’t I dump my grass clippings and lawn waste in the ravine anymore?
When dumped into a ravine, these items often obstruct the free flow of stormwater which causes backups, flooding or erosion. This usually happens downstream from where the material is dumped without the knowledge of the person dumping and violates the City Stormwater Ordinance by allowing prohibited material into storm sewer system.

Dumping leaves and grass clippings in a pile is often confused with the composting process, where organic lawn waste is actively managed and monitored to accelerate the break down of the waste into a useful end product. Dumped lawn waste, although biodegradeable, smothers existing vegetation and does not decompose. Unless you are turning, watering and checking the temperature of the pile, you are not composting.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What does “pervious” and “impervious” surface mean?
3. What is the stormwater utility fee?
4. How does a fee differ from a tax?
5. Why not use property taxes to pay for the storm sewer?
6. What services will be provided?
7. The City has already been doing the work.  Why can’t you continue the same way?
8. None of my water goes into the storm drains.  Why do I have to pay?
9. Can I get credits or discounts on my utility fee for installing a rain garden?
10. Does the City offer money or designs for rain gardens?
11. Why can’t I dump my grass clippings and lawn waste in the ravine anymore?
12. What can I do with my lawn waste?
13. My neighbor’s gutter downspouts and/or sump are directed to my property and are causing standing water in my yard. What can I do?
14. How do I report a clogged storm drain?
15. What can I do to help with stormwater issues?