What You Can Do
Actions You Can Take
- View this poster which shows how everyday activities can contribute to stormwater pollution (PDF).
- Keep the streets clear of leaves, yard clippings, and other debris. These can clog storm drains and increase the possibility of flooding.
- Find less toxic alternatives to hazardous household products from Clean Water Clear Choice website (PDF) and Our Water, Our World.
- Pick up dog and other animal waste and dispose of it with the rest of your solid waste. Bacteria in animal waste contribute to unhealthy waterways.
- Follow fertilizer package instructions carefully, don't over fertilize, and don't allow fertilizers or pesticides to run off your yard.
- Don't apply fertilizer if you think it's going to rain.
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn, or compost them, in order to utilize them as natural fertilizer.
- Only use lawn chemicals when necessary.
- Don't put anything down storm drains.
- Clean sidewalks, driveways and other pavement by sweeping instead of using a hose. Spraying these surfaces with water will carry pollutants on their surfaces into the storm drains and into our local waterways.
- Dispose of vehicle fluids properly. Oil, gas, and antifreeze are the primary contributors to pollution in waterways.
- Keep your vehicle properly maintained in order to prevent toxic fluids from leaking out of your vehicle.
- Wash cars on gravel, landscaped areas, or other permeable surfaces instead of in the driveway or street where soapy water may enter the storm drains.