Public Outreach and Education

Illicit Discharge

It's the city's goal to inform the residents on what Illicit Discharges are, where they come from and hopefully how to prevent them. Reducing the amount of Illicit Discharges to our city will assist in maintaining and potentially improving our water quality. Everything that storm water carries and anything that is intentionally or unintentionally discharged into our city can potentially be a contaminant that will affect the quality of the drinking water.

Please use the information below to better inform yourselves on Illicit Discharges and hopefully together we can better prevent them and reduce their efforts.


EPA Basics of Illicit Discharge

Point Source/Non-point Source Discharge

TCEQ Potential Contamination Types

Texas Smartscape

The purpose of SmartScape® is to educate our citizens on the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions.

The ultimate goal is to conserve local water supplies and improve storm water runoff quality by reducing the amount of water needed to maintain landscapes while decreasing the amounts of pesticide, fertilizer and herbicides used in landscaping practices.

This SmartScape® web site is an interactive "how to" guide that walks you through the SmartScape® concept. SmartScaping® creates a lush and colorful oasis for your family and for North Central Texas' native flora and fauna.

These plants also attract the hummingbirds and butterflies that call North Central Texas their home - making your yard a wildlife masterpiece.

You will learn how to design and care for a SmartScape® garden. Best of all you'll have information on over 200 plants, shrubs, and trees that thrive in North Central Texas. Using this web site, you can search for plants and care for them in a manner that saves you time and money while at the same time protecting our environment, and ultimately conserving our water resources.

Texas SmartScape® is helping to promote education on pollution prevention through efficient and effective water use for the benefit of our citizens.

Efficient Landscape and Watering


What is Water-efficient Landscaping?
Why Use Water-efficient Landscaping?
How is Water-efficient Landscaping Applied?
Water-efficient Landscape Irrigation Methods
Examples of Successful Water-efficient Landscaping Projects

Healthy Household Habits for Clean Water

As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer
system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. Polluted
runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.

By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of storm water. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!

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