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The City is implementing a new program which includes inspecting commercial and industrial properties/businesses to help prevent pollutant discharges into our local rivers and streams. A 30-day public comment period closed on October 31. A City Council meeting on the code changes and program was held on November 21, 2023.
Washing docks (or wharves, piers, floats, and boat ramps) can result in the discharge of dirt, bird feces, soaps, and detergents that can be toxic to aquatic life. Dock cleaning and repair during the regularly scheduled lake drawdown is preferred to preserve Lake Oswego’s water quality.
Catch basins are used to pre-treat storm and surface water in parking lots prior to discharging to our streams. Cleaning your catch basin can help reduce localized flooding.
Did you know, mobile car washing is subject to the same code requirements as stationary car washing? Permanent, stationary car washes are required by Lake Oswego City Code to connect and discharge their wastewater to the public sewer system.