Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) owns and operates 5
active maintenance yards and other properties throughout the county.  As part
of our commitment to being good stewards and community partners,
the WCRC has developed pollution incident prevention plans for
each of its yards.

In addition, WCRC is an active member of the Community Partners
for Clean Streams (CPCS) in
Washtenaw County.  Community Partners for Clean Streams is a voluntary,
cooperative effort between the Washtenaw County Water Resources
Commissioner's Office and Washtenaw County businesses,
institutional landowners and multi-family residential complexes.  The goal of the program is to help identify practical, cost
effective ways to protect Washtenaw County waterways through
pollution prevention.  CPCS is a cost-free initiative that provides
information, technical advice and recognition to participants.

In March of 2009, WCRC received final approval of participation
and a Certificate of Recognition for the Road Commission’s
considerable effort in completing the requirements of this

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Other Pollution Prevention Measures by

  • Fleet Maintenance – regular maintenance and calibration of
    fleet of 150 vehicles to reduce emissions, fuel consumption,
    eliminate drips, reduce the use of salt.
  • No Idle Policy – Implemented in 2008, this policy aims to reduce
    emissions and fuel consumption.
  • Snow Event Pre-wetting of salt on pavement surfaces – to minimize the
    use of road salt.
  • Street Sweeping Program – biannual program aims to reduce silt
    and debris infiltration into the storm sewer system.
  • Catch Basin Cleaning Program – Annual program aims to reduce
    silt and debris infiltration into the storm sewer system and
    keep system functioning properly.
  • Energy Audits – Aims to reduce energy usage and seek ways to
    improve facility functions.
  • Tier Emissions Equipment Replacement Policy – aims to replace
    aging equipment with updated emissions reduction compliant equipment.
  • Membership with Ann Arbor and Detroit Area Clean Cities