Through a partnership with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs will be implementing a program to educate the public about water quality issues.
The Parish will be placing markers on storm drain inlets to provide a reminder to the public that the inlets drain to area lakes and bayous. The markers are small colorful, bilingual discs with a picture of a fish and a warning label that reads, “No Dumping, Flows to Lake Pontchartrain” or “No Dumping, Flows to Coastal Wetlands.”
This is an expansion of an on-going public education program. The goals of the program are to increase public awareness regarding storm water pollution generated by residences, and to provide ways to prevent this from entering our waterways.
Jefferson Parish residents may bring used motor oil and other automotive fluids for recycling to the following citizen trash drop-off sites: 400 David Drive, Metairie, and 6440 Lapalco Blvd, Marrero. There is no disposal charge. Residents are limited to 5 gallons of fluids per day. Sites are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am to 6:30pm.
It takes a community effort to keep our waterways clean and beautiful so help to keep the inlet drains clear and free of debris. The storm water system should only be used to convey storm water. This means that anything other than storm water should be disposed of properly.
The Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs makes every effort to educate the public and prevent storm water pollution so that as a community we can protect our natural resources and preserve them for future generations.
Funding for this effort has been made possible by a grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. through their Healthy Communities Grant Program. For additional information, please contact Marnie Winter, Director, Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at 736-6440.