Storm water is the most common source to water pollution in the United States. Did you know that storm water is not treated and goes straight to a body of water -- where we swim & fish? All of this pollution comes from people. Storm water collects, mixes and drains exposed material on the surface such as litter, trash, dirt, metals, oil, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, paint, and other illicit discharges/improper disposals. Since storm water is not treated, these pollutants are directly discharged to our creeks, rivers, and other bodies of water.
The area where rain falls and is collected is known as a watershed. Currently, the Leeds city limits intersect the Cahaba River Watershed.
The City of Leeds is working with ADEM to improve the water quality in our local creeks and rivers. The City of Leeds's 2014 Storm water Management Program Plan is implemented by numerous departments including Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Inspection Services, and Fire & Rescue. But all cities must rely on its citizens to minimize their own impacts on storm water quality and to help maintain healthy waterways. We encourage you to see our Education and Outreach Page. You may want to get involved in a watershed community group, participate in cleanup events, recycle, and read our brochures on storm water pollution prevention.