Residential Info

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Recycle or properly dispose of house hold products that contain chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents and used motor oil and other auto fluids.  Please do not pour these items into the ground or into storm drains.



Auto Care

Degreasing auto parts at home can send detergents and other contaminants through the storm sewer system. Dumping automotive fluids into storm drains has the same result as dumping the materials directly into a water body.

♦ Use a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater or wash your car on your yard so the water infiltrates into the ground.

♦ Repair leaks and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop-off or recycling locations


Lawn Care

Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens wash off and pollute streams. In addition, yard clippings and leaves can wash into storm drains and contribute nutrients and organic matter to streams.

♦ don’t overwater your lawn.  Consider using a soaker hose instead sept 18 2014 playing with new camera 114of a sprinkler.

♦ Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.  When use is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts.  Use organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible.

♦ Compost or mulch yard waste. Don’t leave it in the street or sweep it into storm drains or streams.

♦ Cover piles of dirt or mulch being used in landscaping projects.


Pet Waste

Pest waste can be sept 18 2014 playing with new camera 249a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters.

♦ When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly.  Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method.  Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies.


Education is essential to changing people’s behavior. Signs and markers near storm drains warn residents that pollutants entering the drains will be carried untreated into a local water body.


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