|We Need Your Help!|
|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.|
- 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.
- 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. If you do buy them, dry them out and either throw them in the trash or bring to a household hazardouse waste facility. Check out this site for additional resources.
- Scoop up dog poop, bag it up, and toss it in the trash can. If you plan to take your pet for a walk, don't forget to bring a pet waste bag!
- 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.
- Clean up after your pets! Shovel up waste, seal the bag and throw away in the trash.
- Use a yard waste bin.
- Check out our Residential Stormwater Pollution Prevention brochure for more information on protecting our waterways. Consider downloading and printing it out to keep in your home for reference.
- For more pest solutions, visit our Integrated Pest Management page.