Monthly Stormwater Tip – December 2014 Stop That Sheen and Keep Our Rivers Clean (courtesy of the CRC) Did you know that Americans are responsible for 180 million gallons of used motor oil escaping into our waterways each year? Even relatively small leaks from improperly maintained vehicles are collectively polluting our creeks, drinking water, and estuaries. Oil-contaminated runoff makes its way from roads and driveways into storm drains and ultimately our streams. Please do your part by checking your cars and equipment regularly for leaks and have them fixed promptly. Check to see if there are fresh oil stains on your driveway in the area where you park your car – that’s a sure sign of an oil leak. If you change your car’s oil yourself, use a drip pan and bring the used motor oil to a used motor oil drop-off location. Clean up any oil spills you find with absorbent material, then sweep. Do not hose the area.