What can residents do?
Where Do I Fit In?
Once you learn about the problem of stormwater, the idea of making a difference might feel daunting. Fortunately, there are simple steps that anyone can take to control stormwater pollution.
Tips For Your Yard
- Never dump, wash, or rake anything into the path of a storm drain.
- Sweep spilled fertilizers, grass clippings, and soil off sidewalks and driveways and back onto the lawn. Sweep, don’t hose, the driveway.
- Water wisely: the lawn is usually happy with 1 inch per week, and that includes rainwater!
- Divert rooftop runoff to a rain barrel or onto the lawn rather than a driveway. Collected water can even be used for watering plants.
- Reduce the amount of fertilizers and pesticides that you apply to your lawn. You’ll save money, too!
Tips For Your Home
- Never put hazardous household wastes (paint, paint thinner, oven cleaners, etc.) down storm drains, indoor drains, or the trash. Visit the Eco-Depot website.
- If you have a septic system, have it inspected every year, and have it pumped at least every three to five years.
Tips For Your Vehicle
- If you change your own motor oil, recycle the used oil.
- Wash your vehicle at a designated car wash or on grass—not in the driveway.
Tips For Your Pet
- Scoop your dog’s poop. Then throw it in the trash.
- Don’t feed waterfowl.
Two To Live By
Lists can be daunting. So we’ve come up with the following recommendations to use as a rule-of-thumb:
• Keep as much water as possible off of paved surfaces.
• Keep the water that does run off, as clean as possible.