Storm Water Tips for Homeowners

  • Your lawn can be easier and cheaper to maintain by mowing high. The roots of your lawn grow as deep as the grass is tall, so higher grass has longer healthier roots. Keeping your lawn 3 inches high or higher and only mowing 1/3 of the blade each time you mow creates a healthy lawn. A healthy lawn tolerates dry, hot weather better. This way you won’t need to spend your summer fertilizing and watering your lawn.
  • Leaves – never rake into or near storm sewers. Leaves and grass clippings are good fertilizer for your lawn. Mulch leaves and grass clippings into your lawn. Participate in community composting programs. Or start a backyard compost pile.
  • Household hazardous waste – put is where it belongs – not down the drain, in the trash or on the ground. Call the county recycling office for guidance on household hazardous waste disposal.
  • Rain washes pet waste and bacteria into our storm drains. Dispose of properly, preferable in the toilet.
  • Leaking gasoline or oil from your automobile washes from streets, driveways, parking lots into storm drains and rivers. Fix leaks, be careful when getting gas, and don’t pour the old oil from oil changes onto gravels roads or driveways.
  • When fertilizing your lawn, excess fertilizer will be washed off during rain storms and go directly to our community’s storm sewer system and then to the Stony Creek. This causes algae growth and which uses up the oxygen that fish need to survive. Please follow directions and don’t over fertilize.
  • When washing your car at home, remember all the dirt washes down the driveway to our storm drains. This dirt is pollution. Avoid this by washing cars on gravel or grass or better yet – use a commercial car wash where the water is recycled and gets treated.

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