What Can You Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution?
Take Responsibility For Your Little Piece of the World
Sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters so that stormwater won’t carry debris from these areas into rivers and streams. Vegetate bare spots in the yard; and be sure to compost yard waste. This includes picking up after pets. Dispose of pet waste in the trash or flush it down the toilet.
Make an Effort to Limit Runoff
Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces. Consider a rain garden to capture runoff from downspouts. Wash the car in the yard or take it to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. Minimize runoff by not over-watering your lawn and garden.
Maintain Waste Systems Responsibly
Have septic systems inspected for leaks and service the system every 3 years. It is also important to have any abandoned wells plugged since contaminated groundwater can seep into abandoned wells unfiltered by the soil and contaminate the water supply.
Recognize Chemicals, Pesticides, Fertilizers & Other Hazardous Materials as Toxins & Treat Them With Great Care
Limit their use as much as possible, and always follow the label directions. Try to use the least toxic product or method available. Avoid pouring things down the drain or toilet that will harm the system, such as hazardous chemicals, coffee grounds, diapers, etc. Recycle used anti-freeze, motor oil, or other hazardous chemicals. Never pour hazardous chemicals into the ground, storm drains, or streams. They can get into the groundwater supply causing serious contamination problems. The result is toxic to people and animals. The proper way to dispose of hazardous chemicals is to take them to solid waste management for disposal.
Learn More About Protecting the Local Water Supply
Attend 1 of our education sessions and learn how you can become an even more effective part of the solution. Call (765) 473-6681 Extension 2003 to sign up for the next class.
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It is up to each of us to protect our environment and ensure that our water remains safe for generations to come.