Pesticides and Water Quality

In Sacramento County, we are surrounded by the rivers and the Delta. It's important not only to take care of our water but also the aquatic life that calls the water ways their home. It’s up to each one of us to make sure that we keep our water clean and healthy today and in the future.

Over use of pesticide products is not healthy for you, your garden or the environment. Please use these products sparingly, follow the instructions on the label, and avoid applying these products on rainy or windy days. This will help prevent runoff into storm drains and our waterways.

The best thing to do is use less-toxic or non-toxic alternatives.  For more informationabout less-toxic or non-toxic alternatives, please visit Our Water Our World or Sacramento Master Gardeners.

Please remember that if you do use pesticides, they are toxic chemicals and should always be disposed of safely. Never pour unused pesticides outdoors or down storm drains, and do not pour pesticides down indoor drains such as sinks, toilets, and showers. Instead, all unused pesticides should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off location for disposal.
Pesticides can be dropped off at a Recovery Station’s Special Waste Drop-off area free of charge.

The following are links for hazardous waste drop off locations in Sacramento County.
Did you know...

In California, insects are seldom a significant problem in lawns.

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