Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AFFECTS
Those stains on your driveway and
street from leaking antifreeze or oil pans can become a problem for the
creeks located within the Borough. Runoff from a storm can wash over
those pools of liquid and carry it into nearby inlets along roads. Once
in the inlets, the fluids are carried by our stormwater system to pipes
that empty into the Swabia Creek and Mountain Creek. Eventually, these
streams reach the Little Lehigh Creek, which affects the entire
Once in the streams and rivers, these
pollutants damage the vegetation and other organisms that fish and
wildlife eat. These pollutants can accumulate in the tissue of all
types of wildlife, impairing the animals we hunt and fish.
Drip pans, carpet scraps and mats can
help trap these leaking fluids instead of reaching your driveway or the
street. Performing routine maintenance on your vehicle can help
identify these problems. If you change your own oil, collect the oil
property and take it to a collection point that will recycle the oil.
Never dump used oil, gasoline or other vehicle fluids down the storm
inlet or on the ground. Eventually, it will reach the streams and
rivers that others use for recreation.
If possible, wash your car on your
lawn so that the soapy water does not run down your driveway and into
the storm sewer inlets. Even biodegradable soaps can raise the
pollutant levels in streams and rivers, especially nutrient levels.
These tips for your
vehicle will help everyone enjoy a higher degree of quality on our
streams and rivers.