Report Oil Spills/Illicit Discharge

To report any oil spills or illicit discharge currently happening, please call the Salem City Storm Water Coordinator Dale Carter at 801-423-2770 ext 235 (during hours) or 801-420-2539 (after hours).


Storm Water Management Plan

March 2021  
Management Plan

If you have input on the SWMP (Storm Water Management Plan) and/or Salem City SWMP Program, please contact Dale Carter at 801-423-2770 ext. 235 or email at

Storm Water Emergency Response

In case of an emergency for Storm Water, Please call the following phone number:   801-420-2539

Storm Water Annual Report

Salem City Storm Water

What is SWPPP and Why It's Important?

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, debris and other potential pollutants.

What's the problem?

Rain and snowmelt wash pollutants from streets, construction sites, and land into storm sewers and ditches. Eventually, the storm sewers and ditches empty the polluted stormwater directly into streams and rivers with no treatment. This is known as stormwater pollution.

Polluted stormwater degrades our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other waterways. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen can cause the overgrowth of algae resulting in oxygen depletion in waterways. Toxic substances from motor vehicles, and careless application of pesticides and fertilizers threaten water quality and can kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes and improper connections to storm sewer systems can make lakes and waterways unsafe for wading, swimming and fish consumption. Eroded soil is a pollutant as well. It clouds the waterway and interferes with the habitat of fish and plant life.

Common Pollutants include:

  • Motor Oil
  • Yard clippings
  • Fertilizers and Pesticides
  • Soapy car wash water
  • Eroded sediment from construction projects
  • Litter
  • Animal waste

It's important to remember that any type of surface water runoff, not just rainfall, can run into the storm sewer and collect in the stormwater management system. For example, when you wash your car on the driveway, that water ends up in the system. That's why we need to be careful with what we put into the storm sewers as traces of all this material can end up in the stormwater system and our local waterways.

Preventing Storm Drain Pollution Commercial & Light Industrial Information

Businesses and Pollution Prevention Common Pollutants Information

Automotive Service-Maintenance pertaining to Storm Water  Information