Springtime can bring about heavy rain and storms, which can lead to stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff occurs when rainwater or melted snow flows over the ground and doesn't soak into the soil. This water can carry pollutants and contaminants into rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water, which can harm aquatic life and ecosystems.
To keep stormwater safe in spring, here are some tips:
Clean up after your pets: Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and can contribute to pollution. Make sure to pick up after your pets and dispose of the waste properly.
Properly dispose of hazardous materials: Don't pour chemicals or other hazardous materials down the drain. These can harm aquatic life and ecosystems.
Use eco-friendly products: Use environmentally friendly products, such as natural cleaners and fertilizers, to reduce the amount of chemicals that can end up in stormwater.
Don't litter: Keep trash and litter off the ground to prevent it from washing into storm drains.
Plant native vegetation: Planting native vegetation can help absorb rainwater and reduce the amount of runoff.
Maintain your vehicle: Regularly maintain your vehicle to prevent leaks and spills of oil and other fluids that can contaminate stormwater.
Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces: Redirect your downspouts to a vegetated area or rain garden to allow the water to soak into the ground instead of running off.
By following these tips, you can help keep stormwater safe in spring and protect our waterways and ecosystems.