Follow these helpful tips to do your part in preventing stormwater pollution:

  • Conserve water. Do not overwater your lawns and gardens. Water early in the day or late in the evening (between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.).
  • Pick up after pets and properly dispose of the waste.
  • Keep pets away from waterside areas.
  • Compost grass clippings and leaves. Do not allow them to be washed away into roadways or intentionally place them into storm drains or bodies of water.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash to conserve water and to prevent detergents and toxins from flowing into storm drains or bodies of water.
  • If you must wash your car at home, do so on you lawn or some other pervious surface instead of in the driveway or street.
  • Don't overuse pesticides. Whenever possible, use natural alternatives.
  • Service your car regularly to avoid oil, antifreeze, and other chemical leaks.
  • Maintain your septic system to avoid the pollution of groundwater, seepage, and runoff.
  • Report a discharge to the proper authorities.