General Help

    Use plants, which are native to your area when landscaping. They generally require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides than non-native plants.

    Plant trees and shrubs to attract wildlife, birds and minimize erosion. Keep leaves, litter, and grass clippings out of gutters and storm drains to prevent such debris being washed into surface waters by storm water flows and rains.

    Clean up after your pets. The wastes of domesticated animals are a significant source of nutrient and pathogenic contamination and can easily be washed into surface waters by rain.

    Evaluate your transportation options; consider leaving your car at home. Besides tailpipe emissions, automobiles produce many potentially hazardous substances, which leak or are deposited onto parking lots and roads just waiting to be washed off when it rains. Take a bus, train, or bicycle more often.