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Jan 10

Be a Stormwater Steward: Simple & Sustainable Pollution Prevention Tips for Home & Yard

Posted on January 10, 2020 at 8:11 AM by Natalie Nebilak

StormwaterRunoff Did you know HOW you clean up around your house and yard can have a direct impact on water quality?

With over 109,000 people living in 32 square miles, our coastal community’s day-to-day activities can impact the health of our local water bodies. That’s why it’s so important to remember that everything that occurs on land eventually ends up untreated in our creeks, rivers, and ocean. Always be mindful of how you are interacting with the surrounding environment and remember to sweep and pick up waste around your home and yard, not into streets and/or gutters.

Here are some easy tips to reduce local stormwater pollution:

Purchase Less Toxic Garden Chemicals

When you purchase garden fertilizers and other products for your landscape, be sure that they’re non-toxic. Read product labels carefully. If they say warning, toxic, harmful to pets and humans…consider alternatives. It is best to choose plant-based sprays and biological pesticides. If you have a question about any of the ingredients, ask a landscape professional at your garden center.

Don’t Over Water Your Landscape & Check your Irrigation System For Leaks

Overwatering wastes water and can transport pollutants untreated into local water bodies. Be sure to check your timers to water according to City mandates and remember to turn off your system completely when it rains.

Dispose of Grass Clippings and Leaves Properly

When you prune your yard, or if you have grass clippings or leaves, be sure to recycle this organic material in your yard waste bin or compost pile. Never dump, sweep, or dispose of grass clippings or leaves into the street.

Be Aware of Household Hazardous Waste

Never dispose of oils, paint, or other chemicals by dumping them in the storm drain. If you have any questions as to how to properly dispose of an item, or if you would like to set up a time to drop off of hazardous materials for free, visit the City’s website at