Greenwood Village participates in the following activities and programs to improve water quality.
The Village sweeps every publicly maintained asphalt or concrete street an average of once a month, weather permitting. This activity helps maintain a clean environment by keeping pollutants from entering our water or from polluting our air.
Pet Waste Stations
At many parks, the Village provides free pet waste bags. It has been estimated that one gram of dog poop can contain 23 million fecal coli form bacteria! This bacteria can cause people to get sick. While many people think of pet waste as merely a nuisance, it greatly affects water quality and our drinking water supplies. The free bags are provided so pet owners will clean up after their pets and properly dispose of the waste. This helps to keep our environment clean and safe.
Each fall the Village participants in a leaf recycling program. Through this program residents may drop off their dead leaves at designated sites. By sponsoring this program, the Village hopes to keep dead leaves from choking our ditches and waterways. If these leaves reach our streams and lakes, they decompose and remove oxygen from the water. The lower oxygen levels will harm fish and may even cause fish and other aquatic wildlife to die.
In order to reduce herbicide use, which could hurt water quality, the Village uses hand-pulling methods to remove unwanted vegetation. When this method is not practical, the Village uses spot spraying. During spot spraying operations, herbicide is applied to each weed. Only in rare cases will the Village use broadcast spraying techniques, in which herbicide is applied to an entire area. By reducing the amount of herbicide applied, the Village is helping water quality.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
The Village provides, free of charge, curbside pickup of residential household waste. Many household products, such as paint, solvent and motor oil, should not be disposed of in the trash or washed down the drain. By participating in this program, residents help ensure that these products are not accidentally or intentionally released into the environment. It is estimated that a single quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Residents may call 1-800-449-7587 to schedule a pick up.
Also, the Village is a sponsor of the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners. This organization has taken an active role in protecting the water quality of Cherry Creek Reservoir. By protecting the water quality of Cherry Creek Reservoir, Village residents can better enjoy the Park's amenities.
Articles from The Greenwood Village Newsletter:
- Facts on Water Quality
- MS4 Permit with CDPHE
- Xeriscape, Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
- Cherry Creek Reservoir and Nutrients
- Drainageways, Pesticides and Herbicides
- Water Quality Standards for Residents
- Stormwater Pollution
- Drainageways, Leaf Recycling and Carpet Cleaning
- Water Quality at Cherry Creek Reservoir
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Storm Water Annual Report to the State 2010
- Storm Water Annual Report to the State 2009
- Storm Water Annual Report to the State 2008
- Storm Water Annual Report to the State 2013
- CDPS MS4 Permit March 2008 to March 2013
- Storm Water Significant Contributor Study
Water Quality Links
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Division of Water Quality
- Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners
For further information on water quality or the CDPS MS4 Permit, please contact Wanda DeVargas at 303-708-6140, or the Public Works Department at 303-708-6100.