Ways to Protect Our Water
Because most water pollution comes from residents, you are the most important solution to stormwater pollution. Below are some ways you can help prevent stormwater pollution and improve our community.

Automotive Care
  • Maintain your car regularly to prevent leaks of oil, antifreeze and other vehicle fluids.
  • Take unused auto fluids to an automotive center with a recycling program or participate in a curbside motor oil program.
  • Clean up leaks and spills by using kitty litter to soak it up. Then sweep it into a bag, tie it up and place it in the garbage bin.
Household
  • Use River-Friendly Pest Control methods that minimize use of toxic pesticides.
  • Sweep sidewalks and patios rather than hosing them down.
  • Never rinse paint brushes or cans in the street. Paint brushes should be rinsed in the sink and water-based paint cans should be dried out then put in the garbage bin.
  • Avoid buying oil-based paints whenever possible but if you do, they can be dried out and put in the garbage bin or brought to the household hazardous waste facility.
Yard Care
  • Apply all garden products sparingly and be sure to follow label directions carefully. They are there to protect you and the environment while still doing the job you purchased the product for.
  • Use/purchase less-toxic or non-toxic pesticides or fertilizers.
  • Rinse empty lawn and garden chemical containers three times before throwing them away. Each time, pour the rinse water into the applicator and use it in the application of the product.
  • Shovel up animal waste, seal the bag and throw away in the garbage bin.
  • Use a yard waste bin.
For more information on protecting our waterways, please click here for our residental stormwater pollution prevention brochure.
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