Is it ok to dump biodegradable products into the storm drain?

No. Even if a product is biodegradable, it could still be toxic to aquatic life. Many biodegradable products aren't designed to break down in water the same way they do in soil. Whatever enters a storm drain in Bothell flows, untreated, to the nearest stream, lake, or river. 

Here's a good rule of thumb: If you wouldn't want to swim in it or let your pet drink it, make sure it doesn't go down your storm drain.

Remember...nothing but rain down the drain!

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1. What is a stormwater system?
2. Why do I need an inspection?
3. Why should I maintain my system?
4. What information do I need to provide to the City?
5. Who do I contact if my storm system needs maintenance or repairs?
6. Can I clean the system myself?
7. How long do I have to complete the maintenance requirements?
8. How often will I need to have my system cleaned?
9. I have questions about my stormwater system. Who do I contact?
10. Where does something end up after it goes into my storm system?
11. How do I report a spill of hazardous material or illegal dumping into a storm drain?
12. Is it ok to dump biodegradable products into the storm drain?
13. What do I do if the storm drain in front of my house is flooding?
14. What is a bioswale?
15. Are there other ways I can help protect Bothell's water quality?