An individual home may contribute only a minor amount of nonpoint source pollution, but the combined effect of an entire neighborhood or community can be critical. What we do in our yards and on our streets can directly affect the quality of water in our area creeks, streams and lakes. Practicing healthy household habits will make a difference in protecting local water quality.
Lawn & Garden
- Compost yard wastes. Compost is an excellent soil conditioner and fertilizer.
- Select native plants for your lawn and garden. They require less watering, fertilizer and pesticides,
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly and only in the recommended amounts. Always avoid application when rain is imminent, otherwise the chemicals will be washed directly to the local water body,
Vehicles, Streets & Parking Lots
- Check your car, boat, motorcycle, lawn mowers and other machinery and equipment for leaks. Making repairs immediately will keep the fluids off the streets and parking lots and prevent these fluids from being washed into the storm drains during rain events.
- Recycle used motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids at participating service station and/or municipal collection sites. Never dump these fluids down the storm drain.
- Use a commercial car wash where the water is treated before being released, or wash your car, boat, etc. on the lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize the amount of soapy water flowing to the storm drain and on to the local waterways.
Household Hazardous Wastes
- Following these simple and practical guidelines does make a significant difference in the quality of our local watersheds.
- Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazard waste collection program or donate unused paint to local organizations.
- Use hazardous substances like solvents and cleaners in the smallest amount possible and follow the directions on the label exactly.
For more information or to volunteer for the Storm Drain Stenciling Program, contact Rachel Hultz at 353-9745 or by email.