Urban Storm Water Education
What Can You Do?
|"The average homeowner uses 10
times more chemical fertilizers and pesticides per acre than farmers."
Apply at the right time and in the right amounts.
Too much nitrogen (N) can cause excessive growth
and increase maintenance.
Fertilizer with slow release nitrogen is better
for the environment.
Get a soil test to see what your soil needs—free
through the County Extension Office.
If more fertilizer
is applied than the grass can utilize, it can wash into nearby
streams and lakes.
Do your homework before using pesticides.
Identify the pest, disease, or cause of the
Learn when and where pesticides are needed.
Apply pesticides only where pests occur.
Select chemicals that are the least toxic or that
break down quickly.
Always READ the label before mixing and applying
Landscape Practices Help Prevent Soil Erosion?
Soil washed away by rain can pollute streams and
Remember the storm drain system is a direct path
to nearby streams and lakes.
Protect soil by planting groundcover vegetation
or using by mulch.
Gardens and construction sites with areas of bare
soil, especially on sloped land are prone to erosion.
Use the mulch setting on your mover and start
grass-cycling. Just leave the grass on the lawn. It provided
needed nutrients to the soil and grass.
wise when washing your automobile
Pull you vehicle
onto the grass before you start washing. This will help water the
yard as well as keep the soapy water from running straight into the
Use a commercial
car wash. Waste water from these businesses does not enter the
storm drains and are sent to a water treatment facility.
dispose of household chemicals safely
chemicals such as paint or oil onto the yard or directly into storm
drains, or the next rain will take the chemicals directly to your
See if there is a
household chemical collection center near you and drop off chemicals there if possible.
These centers provide safe, environmental friendly disposal and are
alternative cleaning products that are less hazardous to the