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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-December 27, 2021-With nearly a foot of snow falling in the Yampa Valley and more snow in the forecast as a series of storms roll through this week, residential and commercial snow removal and storage could have long lasting effects if not done properly. As snow piles grow across the city, they collect trash, vehicle oil, fuel, sediment and scoria.
“You don’t often think about it when trying to deal with snow, but how we remove and store snow from our property could potentially release pollutants into our creeks and river,” said Water Resources Manager Julie Baxter. “We’re asking folks to be aware this potential during snow removal operations.”
Many of firms and residents use powerful machines to assist moving and storing the more than 20 feet of powder on average the valley can receive in a season. This equipment has the potential to release oil, fuel, or other liquids, which as the snow melts can make its way to local waterways.
The city requires the following practices to be implemented when plowing and storing snow.
“It’s important that we pay attention throughout the winter since these pollutants can have lasting effects on your property as well as our creeks and river,” continued Stormwater Specialist and Engineering Inspector Scott Slamal. “It’s a long season, so we appreciate everyone’s help in protecting our watershed.”
ContactScott Slamal, Stormwater Specialist and Engineering Inspector, 970.871.8236 or emailJulie Baxter, Water Resources Manager, 970.871.8267 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email