If our community takes measures to prevent erosion and sediment runoff from entering our stormwater system, we can drastically improve the conditions of our local watercourses. Good old common sense will go a long way. Here are some examples:
Consider using a car wash.
Contain waste oil and take it to a recycling center.
Do not use a gutter or storm inlet as a means of disposing of yard waste.
Don’t fertilize your lawn if there is a chance for rain.
Sweep your driveway rather than washing it down.
Use pesticides sparingly on lawns and gardens, and only after considering more natural methods of control.
Utilize yard waste composting facilities for leaves and grass clippings or try a mulching mower.
Here's how you can help:
Leave grass clippings on the lawn (they’re good fertilizer)
Mow away from the pavement
Sweep or blow clippings back onto the lawn
Make compost! Mix grass clippings with leaves and soil
Keep leaves off the street
Did you know?
Grass clippings and other yard waste blown and left in the street are a flooding and water quality concern.
Localized Flooding-Grass clippings and other yard waste blown in the street can cause localized flooding by clogging curb inlets and pipes.
Water Quality - Grass clippings and other yard waste in the streets can cause high levels of nutrients in local creeks and streams, which can result in algae blooms.
Keeping grass clippings on your yard can save money on fertilizer by returning nutrients back into the soil and save money on watering by building organic matter in your soil.