Calling all clean-water warriors! By following these 10 simple pollution prevention tips, you can help stop harmful chemicals from washing into our local waters.
#1. Pass on pesticides. Add herbicides and fertilizers to that, too. Rainwater or water from your sprinklers wash these chemicals into the storm drains and out to our creeks, rivers and lakes. Even small amounts of commercial lawn chemicals can disrupt the delicate aquatic environment.
#2. Don’t let yard waste go to waste. Leaving grass clippings on your lawn after mowing or trimming provide valuable nutrients that lowers your need for fertilizer. If dumped in local waters, those grass clippings can eat up the oxygen in the water, harming fish and plants.
#3. Don’t let water get dirt-y. Gardeners might like getting their hands in the dirt, but when soil gets into stormwater, it can cause our local water to become polluted. Prevent erosion by planting drought-tolerant native plants on your property and always cover dirt piles with a tarp when rain is forecast.
#4. Rain barrels to the rescue. In our drought-stricken state, every drop counts. Install a rain barrel to collect rainwater and use it to water your garden. It will also greatly reduce the amount of runoff from your property.
#5. Clamp down on car fluids. Have your oil changes done at an automotive repair shop and check for leaks frequently. Oil and antifreeze are hazardous chemicals that can cause major water pollution problems.
#6. Pick up after your pet. Did you know a single gram of pet waste contains 23 million bacteria? When left on the ground, pet waste (and its bacteria) can wash into our storm drains and into local waters, endangering people, pets and aquatic life. Visit our pet page for more tips.
#7. Lastly, litter. Every piece of litter that ends up on our streets and sidewalks could end up polluting our rivers. Don’t litter and pick up every straw, scrap and bottle cap you see.