Stormwater Management Tips

Stormwater Management Tips

Lawn Care
Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens wash off and pollute rivers and streams. In addition, yard clippings and leaves can wash into storm drains and contribute nutrients and organic matter to streams.
Don't over water your lawn. Consider using a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler.
Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. When necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts.
Take advantage of the Town's Yard Waste program. Don't leave yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves in the street, sweep it into a storm drain, or dump it along a stream or creek.
Dispose of unused lawn care products properly. Don't pour on the ground or down any drain.

Auto Care

Washing your car and degreasing auto parts at home can send detergents and other contaminants through the storm sewer system. Dumping automotive fluids into storm drains has the same effect as dumping the materials directly into a river or stream.
Use a commercial car wash or wash your vehicle on your yard so the water infiltrates into the ground.
Repair leaks and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop off or recycling locations. Clean up leaks and spills in driveways.

Pet Waste

Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. When walking your pet remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly.

Don't Litter

Paper, plastic containers , cans, cigarette butts, and other kinds of trash are often dumped into drainage ditches or alongside roadways. When carried into our waterways by storm water, this trash can cause oxygen depletion, change habitats for aquatic life, and physically damage fish, birds and other animals. And if that's not enough, it's unsightly and disrespectful.
  • Simple! Don't LITTER. Place trash in the proper receptacles.
  • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle.

Household Chemicals

Most households contain numerous chemicals that can be dangerous if released into the environment, such as: spot remover, furniture polish, deodorizers, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, disinfectants, moth repellent, ammonia, paint and other finishes, thinners and solvents, batteries containing heavy metals and swimming pool chemicals. These chemicals can become pollutants if residues are discarded with garbage, poured down home drains, into storm drains or onto the land surface.


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