Stormwater picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants before it flows into a storm drain and then directly into the closest creek or stream. Some steps you can take to help protect our surface water include the following:
- Apply fertilizers and pesticides according to the label and instructions to save money and minimize pollution.
- Avoid using fertilizers or pesticides before rain is predicted.
- Sweep up fertilizer/pesticide spills and dispose of properly. Do not hose off excess.
- Dispose of yard waste properly. Leaves and other debris should not be raked or blown into the street or storm drain.
- Plant native species of grasses and plants. They are more drought and pest resistant and require less use of water and chemicals.
- Make sure that all stream banks have a healthy riparian buffer.
- Cover all materials that are to be used in landscaping projects, such as dirt and mulch. This will keep them from blowing or washing away and into local water bodies.
Learn the nine principles of a Carolina Yard. Call North Carolina Cooperative Extension at (336)767-8213 for more information about this excellent program.
Yard-waste collection from city Sanitation