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There are many ways we can prevent stormwater pollution in our community. Here are some tips:
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly and follow the label instructions. Excess nutrients and chemicals can wash off your lawn or garden and contaminate waterways.
- Sweep up any debris, such as grass clippings, leaves, dirt, and litter, from your sidewalks, driveways, and gutters. These materials can clog storm drains and carry pollutants into waterways.
- Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams. Storm drains are meant to carry rainwater only and often discharge directly into water bodies without any treatment.
- Pick up after your pet and dispose of the waste properly. Animal waste can contain harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause illness when ingested by humans or wildlife.
- Wash your car on a grassy area or at a commercial car wash. Soapy water can contain detergents, grease, dirt, and metals that can pollute waterways.
- Reduce the amount of hard (impervious) surfaces on your property, such as concrete, asphalt, and roofs. These surfaces prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground and increase the amount and speed of runoff.
- Install stormwater control measures, such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavements, and wetlands. These practices can capture, filter, infiltrate, or reuse stormwater on site and reduce the volume and pollution of runoff.
- Implement best management practices for construction, industrial, and municipal activities. These include covering exposed soil, preventing spills and leaks, storing materials properly, and maintaining stormwater infrastructure.
- Educate yourself and others about the importance of stormwater management and the sources and solutions of stormwater pollution. You can also get involved in local initiatives, such as storm drain marking, stream cleanup, or watershed stewardship.