Storm Water management

 Watershed Information    

 The City of Trenton is now a participating member of the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds. The function of the Alliance is to coordinate and facilitate the study, development, preparation, and timely filing of Watershed Management Plans and the management of the area’s water recourses. The major watercourses within the ADW that drain to the Detroit River and Lake Erie include the Ecorse Creek, Sexton Kilfoil Drain, Frank and Poet Drain, Blakely Drain, Brownstown Creek, Huron River, Silver Creek and Woods Creek.  The City as well as the other agencies that make up the ADW meet on a regular basis and work together to cooperatively manage the rivers, lakes and streams within the watershed. Examples of efforts include long-term water quality monitoring, stormwater permit compliance and reporting to the State, submittal of grant applications for water quality improvements, and public education.
For information on activities related to the Watershed, City of Trenton Storm Water Management Plan, or Storm Water Management Plan Comment Submission, please visit:  

Storm Water Management Plan and Comment Submission, Chemistry and Flow Monitoring, or ADW News.
After the Storm: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Stormwater
What You Can Do to Protect Water Quality “It’s In Our Hands”
SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Government)
Alliance of Downriver Watersheds
The Wayne County 24-Hour Environmental Hotline or call 1-888-223-2363
 The City of Trenton Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) and permit No: MI0060189 is also available to the public for viewing at the City DPS Building.

Seven (7) simple steps to protect our lakes & streams

1. Help keep pollution out of storm drains. Storm drains lead directly to our lakes and streams. Never dump oil, pet waste, leaves, dirty water, or anything down a storm drain. Remember, only rain in the drain.
 2. Fertilize caringly and sparingly. Excess fertilizer that gets into storm drains pollutes our lakes by causing large algae blooms and using up oxygen fish need to survive. Sweep excess fertilizer back onto your lawn, use a low or no phosphorus fertilizer, and have your soil tested to see what, if any, fertilizer is needed.
 3. Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil. Instead of putting hazardous products like antifreeze, motor oil, and pesticides in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste collection day.
 4. Clean up after your pet. Whether on a walk or in your yard, promptly clean up after your pet. Not only will be you a good neighbor, you will also protect our water from harmful bacteria.
 5. Practice good car care. Consider taking your car to a car wash or washing your car on the grass. 
 6. Choose earth friendly landscaping. Protect your pets, kids, and the environment by using pesticides sparingly. Also, water your lawn only when it needs it and choose plants native to Michigan.
 7. Save water. Over watering our lawns can easily carry pollution to the storm drains and to our lakes and streams. Consider using a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways. Direct hoses and sprinklers on the lawn, not the driveway. This will help save our lakes and streams and save you money.

 Storm Water Education

Wayne County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program hosts four Household Hazardous Waste Collections per year for County residents. The collections are designed to accept unwanted household chemicals for proper disposal and electronics for recycling from residents. Only household generated products from Wayne County residents are accepted.