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Things You Can Do To Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution

1. Educate your friends and family about stormwater topics and downstream pollution.
2. Put litter in its place, not on the ground!
3. Recycle your car batteries, used motor oil, used oil filters, and vehicle fluids properly.
4. Compost your yard waste.
5. Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly.
6. Sweep extra fertilizer, grass clippings and dirt on your driveway or road back onto your lawn.
7. Reduce, reuse and recycle the amount of cleaning and maintenance chemicals used.
8. Dispose of household hazardous wastes only at designated locations.
9. Pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly.
10. Complete regular vehicle maintenance and inspect for leaks frequently. If found, repair immediately.
11. If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn rather than on pavement.
12. Have your septic tank pumped and septic system inspected regularly.
13. Never drain your pool water into a storm drain system, ditch, lake, river, creek, stream or wetland.
14. Install a rain garden or rain barrel on your property.
15. Never dump or pour any motor oil, vehicle fluids, chemicals, pet waste, trash, dirty or soapy water, pool water, leaves, grass clippings, yard waste, fertilizers, pesticides or anything else down a storm drain or in a drainage ditch!

Remember, anything that enters a storm sewer system or drainage ditch is released untreated into bodies of water used for swimming, fishing and drinking. Only rain should go down a storm drain!