Town of Black Mountain Stormwater Survey
This anonymous survey will be used to assist Town Staff in gauging public awareness about stormwater and environmental issues. The Town is concerned about the environment and will use this information to improve the Town's service to you and improve your experience as a citizen. Please fill in the circle and fill in the blanks to indicate your response.
Thank you for participating in this survey! We truly appreciate your time.
To find out more about why we are conducting this survey, call (828) 419-9300 or e-mail at
What subdivision/area of Town do you live in?
How long have you lived in town?
Based on your current knowledge, do you think the overall water quality of the streams, ponds, lakes, etc. in Town is:
The following is a list of possible sources of water pollution. Please tell us which one you think is the biggest source of water pollution in Town.
Waste from industry/business
Runoff from yards, roof tops, parking lots and streets
Where do you think stormwater goes when it enters the drain?
A sewage/wastewater treatment plant
A separate special treatment plant just for stormwater
Nearby fields and yards
The nearest stream
Do you recall seeing any literature, newspaper articles, on-line documents, etc. provided by the Town about stormwater issues or how the land next to a stream/drainage way should be maintained?
Do you recall receiving education directly from Town staff (by mail, in person or at an event) about stormwater issues or how the land next to a stream should be maintained?
Are you aware that the Town has a Stormwater Helpline that citizens can use to contact Town Staff to report stormwater pollution, erosion problems or ask questions?
Are you aware that the Town has a website dedicated to stormwater (
How often do you visit the Town's website?
Once or twice a month
Do you have a grass lawn or yard that you maintain? (If no, skip to #20)
When you mow the grass or rake leaves, what do you do with the grass clippings or leaves?
Collect them and put them out for collection
Leave the clippings on the grass or spread them in the yard
Dump them in the gutter or ditch
Pile them in the yard or compost them
Do you have problems growing grass/establishing vegetation or bare spots in your yard?
Do you use native grasses and vegetation in your yard/landscape?
Do you apply fertilizer to your lawn (includes "organic" or "natural" products/materials)?
About how often would you say fertilizer is applied to your lawn?
Monthly or every other month
Two or three times a year
Once a year or less
Has anyone ever tested the soil on your lawn to determine how much fertilizer it needs?
Do you have a car, truck or other vehicle?
How do you get your vehicle washed?
Wash it at home
Take it to a commercial carwash
Take to a volunteer/charity carwash
I don't wash my vehicle (skip to #23)
If/when you wash your vehicle at home, where does the dirty wash-water flow?
Onto grass, dirt or gravel
Onto the street or driveway
I don't wash my vehicle at home
Do you ever change your own oil?
No (skip to #25)
When you change your own oil, how do you dispose of the old, used oil?
Put it in the garbage
Pour it down a storm drain, into the yard/woods or into a ditch
Take it somewhere to be recycled
Do you have a dog?
Do you pick up your dog's waste (from sidewalks, street or yard)?
Do you have a drainage area on your property (either above ground flow or underground pipe)?
No (skip to #29)
If you have a storm drainage pipe/structure in this area, who do you believe is responsible for maintaining it if there was a problem?
The owner (yourself)
Your homeowner's association
Do you know if you have floodplain, wetlands, streams or buffer areas near your house?
Yes, I do
No, I don't
I'm not sure what I have
I'm not sure what these terms mean
Do you ever experience flooding or standing water near your home?
Never (skip to end)
When it does flood, does the water come from...
A drainage way (a stream or stormwater pipe/structure) in the yard or nearby
I don't know
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