Storm Water

Location of Storm Water Discharge
Currently storm water is discharged at the north end of the community, reaching Cottonwood Creek during severe storm events into the Twin Lakes area near the Highway 16 / Highway 93A intersection, and in limited amounts directly into Cabin Creek and the Athabasca River.

Some testing of stormwater effluents has been undertaken by Parks Canada and additional measures and monitoring programs may be taken to improve storm water quality.

Common Storm Water Pollutants

  • Automotive fluids
  • Household chemical and improperly disposed of paint and paint thinners
  • Lawn pesticides and fertilizers
  • Litter
  • Oil
  • Pet waste
Even small amounts of pollutants that accumulate on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks can be transported into nearby streams and rivers.

Steps to Minimizing Storm Water Pollution

Jasper residents and business owners can take many steps to minimize storm water pollution, such as:
  • Not pouring hazardous household waste materials down the drain, onto sidewalks or into catch basins
  • Choosing not-toxic household cleaners
  • Minimizing the use of fertilizers and use eco-friendly methods of weed control
  • Picking up pet waste and dispose of it properly
  • Not pouring motor oil on the ground or down storm drains
  • Washing your vehicles at our designated car washes as they are connected to the municipal waste water system
  • Avoiding or minimizing the use of “de-icers” in the winter but rather trying to physically remove snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways.