What is a watershed and how do I affect it?

A watershed is an area of land that catches and drains water into a creek, stream or river via direct runoff. As stormwater flows over land and into the storm drain or across the watershed and into the creek, it can carry polluted urban runoff such as used motor oil and grease, pesticides, trash and other harmful debris.

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1. Is there a difference between the storm drain and sewer system?
2. What is a watershed and how do I affect it?
3. Why should I recycle used motor oil?
4. There’s oil in the street in front of my house. What should I do about it?
5. Can I drain my pool into the storm drain?
6. Leaves and yard clipping are organic. Why can’t I put them down the storm drain?
7. If I can’t dump left over chemicals into the sanitary sewer, what can I do with them?
8. Why shouldn’t I wash my car at home, I use biodegradable soap?
9. It’s okay to rinse my paint supplies out in the gutter, right?
10. What am I supposed to do with my dirty mop water; I don’t want to dump it in my clean sink.