Public Education, Involvement and Relations
Public Education, Involvement and Relations (PEIR)
Learn about our programs and activities through a recorded webinar held November 2013.
Public education is an essential part of any plan to reduce stormwater pollution. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory controls will only go so far. Education and outreach are key components to any successful stormwater program.
View a 30-second PSA that ran Spring 2014
The PEIR Program
The PEIR Program is responsible for fulfilling the City of Superior’s public education, outreach and public involvement requirements. Listed below are the areas of the Stormwater PEIR Program and brochures from UW-Extension, as well as videos of past webinars, for additional information pertaining to each area.
- Promote detection & elimination of illicit discharges & water quality impacts associated with such discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems.
- Inform & educate the public about the proper management of materials that may cause stormwater pollution from sources including automobiles, pet waste, household hazardous waste & household practices.
- Promote beneficial onsite reuse of leave & grass clippings & proper use of lawn & garden fertilizers & pesticides.
- Promote the management of streambanks & shorelines by riparian landowners to minimize erosion & restore & enhance the ecological value of waterways.
- Promote infiltration of residential stormwater runoff from rooftop downspouts, driveways & sidewalks.
- Inform & where appropriate educate those responsible for the design, installation, & maintenance of construction site erosion control practices & stormwater management facilities on how to design, install & maintain the practices.
- Identify businesses & activities that may pose a stormwater contamination concern, & where appropriate, educate specific audiences on methods of stormwater pollution prevention.
- Promote environmentally sensitive land development designs by developers & designers.