What can you do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution?
  • Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
  • Compost your yard waste
  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture rainwater
  • Have your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly
  • Keep all litter off the street and place it in receptacles so that it does not get washed or blown down storm drains
  • Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
  • Pick up after your pet
    • Untreated pet waste can cause significant water pollution
    • When it rains, pet waste left on lawns can be washed into storm drains that lead to nearby lakes and streams
  • Recycle product containers made of glass, plastic and aluminum
  • Service your car regularly to prevent gasoline, oil, brake and transmission fluids, and anti-freeze from leaking onto the pavement and washing into our streams
  • Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the street or driveway street or driveway
  • Use absorbent materials like kitty litter or toweling to soak up any spills, then sweep up and dispose of these items properly -  never dilute spills with water
  • Use fertilizers sparingly and  sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
  • Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems
  • Vegetate bare spots in your yard

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1. Why is stormwater management important to our community?
2. What can you do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution?