Reducing Pollution at Home

How You Can Help

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to reducing stormwater runoff which results in reduced water quality, damage to wildlife, and flooding.

Vehicle & Garage

  • Dispose of vehicle fluids and other harmful liquids properly.
  • Store hazardous materials properly in the original labeled container.
  • Dispose of unwanted chemicals at the local hazardous household waste collection site. Never pour chemicals down the storm drain!
  • Check your car for leaks and have your car repaired when you find them. Keep your car tuned up.

Lawn & Garden

  • Keep your gutters swept and clear of leaves and debris.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Never apply when the weather forecast is calling for rain.
  • Pick up trash and litter around your yard.
  • Use drought resistant native plants to conserve water and reduce runoff.
  • Conserve water. Adjust sprinklers if they are running into the street or gutter.

Sidewalk & Driveway

  • Sweep litter and debris from the sidewalk and driveway. Hosing these areas down washes debris and litter into the storm drain.
  • If you wash your own car, pull your car up onto the grass to avoid washing runoff into the storm drains.