acre, homes use more pesticides than farms. Applying
fertilizer and pesticides before
a rain produces large amounts of polluted runoff. Contrary to popular
belief, rain does not help “soak in” the chemicals but
rather washes them away down a storm drain. Once these chemicals are
introduced into lakes and streams they promote the growth of algae
that kills fish.
applying chemicals several days before rain is forecast, you can help
your yard and the environment. Also, consider reducing the number
of applications of fertilizer and pesticides.
waste left on the ground gets carried away by stormwater,
contributing harmful bacteria, nutrients, parasites and viruses to
not dispose of pet waste down the storm drain. Clean up after your
pet and dispose of the waste down the toilet or in the garbage.
fluids such as oil, gas, and antifreeze are the #1 surface
water quality problems nationwide.
used oil in a clean, sealed, plastic container. Call the Delaware
Solid Waste Authority at 1-800-404-7080 or www.dswa.com for a complete
list of accepted materials and drop off locations in your area.
waste such as grass clippings, tree trimmings, and leaves
can clog storm drains causing pooling water and creating dangerous
and use the compost for fertilizer around the yard.
off pavements washes pollutants into storm drains leading
straight to the river.
your debris into a proper receptacle…Not into the storm drain!