You Can Help

Washing Your Car

  • Wash your car on a grassy area so the ground can filter the water naturally.
  • Use soap sparingly and use non-phosphate detergents.
  • Use a high-pressure, low-volume hose that has a trigger nozzle to save water.
  • Empty your bucket of used, soapy water down the sink, not on the driveway or in the street.
  • Best of all, take your car to a commercial car wash. Most car washes reuse wash water several times, before sending it to a sewage treatment plant.

Recycle Grass Clippings On Your Lawn

  • Use fertilizers sparingly. Lawns and many plants do not need as much fertilizer as you might think.
  • Don't bag grass clippings. Use a mulching lawn mower. Grass clipping recycling with a mulching mower puts nutrients on your lawn reducing the need for fertilizers and chemicals which pollute stormwater runoff.
  • Don't fertilize before a rainstorm.
  • Wash your spreader and equipment on a previous area like the lawn, not on the driveway. This allows the natural absorption of excess fertilizer.

Automobile Oil

  • Check your car often for drips and oil leaks and fix them promptly.
  • Have your car tuned up regularly to reduce oil use.
  • Use ground cloths or drip pans under your vehicle if you have leaks or are doing engine work.
  • Recycle used motor oil. Many auto supply stores, car-care centers, and gas stations will accept used oil. Check with your local service station.
  • Clean up spills immediately; you can use kitty litter or sand to soak up the liquid.
  • Collect all used oil in containers with tight-fitting lids. Old plastic jugs are excellent for this purpose.
  • Do not mix waste oil with gasoline, solvents, or other engine fluids. This contaminates the oil, which may be reused and may form a more hazardous chemical.
  • Never dump motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, or other engine fluids down storm drains, into road gutters, on the ground, or into a ditch.

Pet Waste

  • Scoop up pet waste.
  • Flush the waste - as long as the droppings are not mixed with litter or other materials. This method is best because then your community sewage system treats the pet waste.
  • Seal the waste in a plastic bag and put it in the garbage.
  • Bury the waste. Never dump pet waste into a storm drain.

Be part of the pollution solution.