Stormwater

MISSION:


To protect the City against flooding by establishing and maintaining efficient stormwater collection, routing and pumping systems, and to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the City's waterways by maintaining them free of debris and aquatic vegetation.

PURPOSE:


This division is responsible for treating the canals for aquatic plants, debris removal from the City's waterways, cleaning and repair of drainage structures, pipes and construction of minor drainage infrastructure. The division is also responsible for evaluating the capacity of existing stormwater systems, production and periodic updating of accurate stormwater plans, the design of in-house drainage construction projects, and administration of contracts for stormwater-related capital improvement projects. This division also handles all new installation of stormwater pipe, catch basins, and manholes.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need information about our programs and services.

Please report all Illicit Discharge Activity to Broward County at 954-519-1499. For more informational videos, visit the Stormwater Video Tab.

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Street Sweeper


STREET SWEEPER

The City of Lauderdale Lakes contracts street sweeping services to a private firm. Approximately 30 miles of curbed streets are swept twice per month on a pre-determined scheduled and route. The primary goal of street sweeping is to implement source controls to reduce the amount of pollutants that remain on the roads and can become washed off by rainfall and runoff, also to maintain aesthetic goals and safety. Roads are one of the largest potential contributors of stormwater pollutants. This is related to the large amount of impervious surfaces associated with road and the diverse variety of pollutants that are deposited on roads that can become entrained in Stormwater. Pollutants and sediments that are collected from roadways are weighed and calculated for total nitrogen (TN) and phosphorus (TP) removal. Tracking street sweeping activities in a data base is essential to assure that the MS4 reporting requirements are met and the results from the program reduces stormwater pollutants and improves water quality.
Storm Drain Marker FINAL

This marker signifies a stormwater drain. It is illegal to dump in this drain.



Stormwater runoff is water from rain that “runs off” across the land instead of seeping into the ground. This runoff usually flows into the nearest canal, lake or ocean. The runoff is generally not treated. Stormwater runoff can convey more than just water to canals, rivers, and lakes. It carries dirt, grease, trash and more from roads, parking lots and other hard surfaces right into storm drains and ditches. They empty directly into our waterways. Storm water can also carry excess nutrients, like phosphorus, which turns our canals, lakes and streams green and smelly and harms fish, plants and other wildlife.

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Best Management Practices


Best Management Practices” is a term used to describe different ways to keep pollutants out of runoff and to slow down high volumes of runoff.

  • Don’t pour anything down storm drains.
  • Recycle used motor oil and antifreeze.
  • Minimize or eliminate the use of lawn and garden chemicals.
  • Direct car wash soap onto your lawn rather then directly into storm drains.