Stormwater Management

General Information

As Jefferson County communities expand and pour impervious concrete and asphalt structures over what was once precipitation and runoff imbibing prairie and mountain lands, the resulting flows directed to natural waterways and wetlands are laden with the detritus of modern life. Annually thousands of gallons of water from rain and melting snow enter the stormwater drainage system carrying pollutants and contamination in the form of pesticides, heavy metals, sediment and biological waste products, among others. This type of pollution is considered a "nonpoint source" pollution that the public owned treatment works do not treat because storm drains typically discharge directly into streams, rivers and wetlands. Nonpoint source pollution is a major contributor to water pollution. In response to this pollution, with the intent to reduce the volume of sediment and contaminates entering the waterways, the EPA enacted the Stormwater Program or the MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems).

The need to protect our environment has resulted in a number of control laws, regulations and programs.  For example, in 1987, Congress established the Nonpoint Source Management Program under the Clean Water Act.  These programs recommend where and how to use Best Management Practices to keep runoff from being polluted.

We can all participate in preventing run-off pollution:

 Reduce fertilizer on gardens and lawns

 Recycle used oil

 Pick up animal feces from your yard

 Don’t wash your car where the detergent water can run into the storm water drains

The school district has a program to reduce this storm water runoff pollution.  If you witness illegal dumping of used oil, or other illicit dumping on school grounds, please report it by calling the Security Department at (303) 982-2445.

For non-emergencies and inquiries during office hours (7:00am - 4:00pm) please call the Environmental Services Department at (303) 982-2349.

“Together, we can make a difference”.

Storm Water Management Program


Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)

Jefferson County Public Schools recognizes the importance of protecting the natural resources in our community, including water quality. As part of our stormwater discharge permit with the State of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and our role as a community partner in protecting our natural resources, the following standard operating procedures serve as Best Management Practices (BMPs) for our school facilities.


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Karen Minteer,
Mar 31, 2015, 2:11 PM
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Karen Minteer,
Mar 31, 2015, 2:50 PM