Personal pollution prevention

provided by National Association of Resource Conservation Districts


hat you do in your garage, on the sidewalks, and in the streets has a direct effect on the quality of the beach where people swim. A lot of people are unaware that the water that goes down the storm drains in not treated on the way to our beaches. After major rain events, many of our beaches are closed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified polluted storm water runoff as the number one factor in coastal pollution.

Tips you can do to help be a part of the solution:

  • · Avoid use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides especially during rainy season
  • · Avoid applying excessive amounts of these chemicals. If you have to use them, make sure to read the label and use them correctly.
  • · Wash your vehicles on grass so that the detergents soak into the lawn, rather than running down your driveway into the storm drain OR take your car to a car wash where the water is recycled.
  • · If you change your own vehicle oil, make sure to take it to an oil recycling center.
  • · Pick up after your pets and dispose of their waste in your toilet
  • · Don't dump anything down the storm drains

REMEMBER somebody always lives downstream!