Residential Tips to Reduce Stormwater Pollution
Water quality is important: we all want clean, safe water! While business and commercial entities have their roles in reducing stormwater pollution, so do homeowners and private citizens.
Interested in the new EPA standards for site development will impact development in the City of Franklin? Here is the Green Infrastructure presentation slides presented on August 6th, 2013.
Preventing pollution from ending up in our rivers and streams starts at HOME! Here are a few tips on what you can do at home:
- Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads.
- Pick up after your pet.
Pet waste contains excessive nutrients and bacteria, which are harmful to humans, animals, and plants. ALWAYS bag your pet waste and dispose of properly – never leave pet waste on lawns, trails or public areas.
- Plant grass or plants on the bare spots in your yard.
Bare spots in your lawn can cause soil to wash into storm drains, and choke out natural vegetation and aquatic life.
- Compost your yard waste; or bag leaves and grass for the City Compost
The nutrients in cut grass, when mixed with other organic materials such as leaves, can improve the soil quality in your lawn and garden. Leaves and grass can clog drains, causing flooding.
- Avoid pesticides; learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
- Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces.
This allows the water to soak into your lawn, instead of running down sidewalks or driveways, where it can pick up pollutants and sediments and carry them into the storm sewers.
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
- Check car for leaks, and recycle motor oil.
Changing your own oil or not sure what to do with left over automotive fluids? Contact the Solid Waste Department.
- Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
- Harvest your rainwater using rain barrels or install a rain garden!
- Never dump anything down storm drains.
Paint and cleaning chemicals should never be dumped in storm drains. Take chemicals to a local hazardous waste collection event and wash paint brushes and trays inside!
Remember ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN!
Please contact us if you or your group is interested in learning more about water pollution, rain gardens, stream cleanups, stream bank restoration or any other education or involvement opportunity.