American Fork city is anxious to preserve the natural resources that make it beautiful. Because our ditches and gutters drain into a storm drain system that feeds our wetlands and Utah Lake, it is important that we are vigilant in making certain that toxins or other pollutants do not find their way into this system. If you find or witness the dumping of suspicious material into a ditch or other storm drain system source, please call and report it to our hotline.
Illicit Discharge Resources
Illicit Discharge Hotline (Available 24 Hours a Day): 801-404-7167
What Storm Water Is
Storm water is water from rain, snow, sleet, or hail that flows across the ground and pavement or when snow and ice melt. The water seeps into the ground or drains into what we call the storm drain system. These are the drains you see at street corners, catch basins, detention/retention basins, irrigation canals, creeks and the American Fork River.
Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff and is a concern in all areas of American Fork including residential, commercial, industrial and roadway areas of unincorporated portions of our city.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), 40% of our nation’s waterways remain polluted and storm water runoff is a leading source.
Storm water pollution can occur when it rains, or as oil, salt, litter, soil, fertilizer and pesticides are washed into nearby street drains. Most of these drains empty directly into the streams and rivers that we use for fishing, swimming and boating, and result in unusable and polluted waterways.