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									   S                   olutions to
                          Stormwater Pollution
            Easy Things You Can Do Every Day To Protect Our Water

                                                          As a resident,
A Guide to Healthy Habits for                             business, or
Cleaner Water                                             other member of
                                                          the New Jersey


P      ollution on streets, parking lots and lawns is
       washed by rain into storm drains, then directly
       to our drinking water supplies and the ocean
and lakes our children play in. Fertilizer, oil,
                                                          community, it is
                                                          important to know
                                                          these easy
                                                          things you can
pesticides, detergents, pet waste, grass clippings: You   do every day to
name it and it ends up in our water.                      protect our
                                                          water.
Stormwater pollution is one of New Jersey’s greatest
                                                                                          Make sure you properly
threats to clean and plentiful water, and that’s why      Limit your use of               store or discard any
we’re all doing something about it.                       fertilizers and                 unused portions.
                                                          pesticides
By sharing the responsibility and making small, easy
changes in our daily lives, we can keep common               Do a soil test to see if     Properly use and
pollutants out of stormwater. It all adds up to cleaner   you need a fertilizer.          dispose of
water, and it saves the high cost of cleaning up once          Do not apply fertilizers   hazardous
it’s dirty.                                               if heavy rain is predicted.     products
                                                              Look into alternatives
As part of New Jersey’s initiative to keep our water                                          Hazardous products
                                                          for pesticides.
clean and plentiful and to meet federal requirements,                                     include some household or
                                                               Maintain a small lawn      commercial cleaning
many municipalities and other public agencies including
                                                          and keep the rest of your       products, lawn and garden
colleges and military bases                                                               care products, motor oil,
                                                          property or yard in a
must adopt ordinances or                                                                  antifreeze, and paints.
                                                          natural state with trees and
other rules prohibiting                                   other native vegetation
various activities that                                                                       Do not pour any
                                                          that requires little or no      hazardous products
contribute to stormwater                                  fertilizer.                     down a storm drain
pollution. Breaking these                                                                 because storm drains are
                                                              If you use fertilizers
rules can result in fines or                              and pesticides, follow the      usually connected to local
other penalties.                                          instructions on the label on    waterbodies and the water
                                                          how to correctly apply it.      is not treated.
    If you have hazardous     Clean up after                                                  Dispose of yard
products in your home or      your pet                                                        waste properly
workplace, make sure
you store or dispose of           Many municipalities                                             Keep leaves and grass
them properly. Read the       and public agencies must                                        out of storm drains.
label for guidance.           enact and enforce local
                                                                                                  If your municipality or
    Use natural or less       pet-waste rules.
                                                                                              agency has yard waste
toxic alternatives when           An example is                                               collection rules, follow
possible.                     requiring pet owners or                                         them.
    Recycle used motor oil.   their keepers to pick up
                                                                                                  Use leaves and grass
                              and properly dispose of
     Contact your                                                                             clippings as a resource for
                              pet waste dropped on
municipality, county or                                                                       compost.
                              public or other people’s
facility management office    property.                                                           Use a mulching
for the locations of                                                                          mower that recycles grass
hazardous-waste disposal          Make sure you know
                                                                                              clippings into the lawn.
facilities.                   your town’s or agency’s
                              requirements and comply
                              with them. It’s the law.
                              And remember to:
                                  Use newspaper, bags
                                or pooper-scoopers to
                                pick up wastes.               Don’t litter
                                  Dispose of the
                                                                  Place litter in trash
                                wrapped pet waste
                                                              receptacles.
                                in the trash or un-
                                wrapped in a toilet.             Recycle. Recycle.
                                                              Recycle.
                                 Never discard pet
                                waste in a storm drain.          Participate in
                                                              community cleanups.

Keep pollution                Don’t feed                      Contact information
out of storm                  wildlife
                                                              For more information on stormwater related topics, visit
drains                                                        www.njstormwater.org or www.nonpointsource.org
                                 Do not feed wildlife,
    Municipalities and        such as ducks and geese, in     Additional information is also available at U. S.
many other public agencies    public areas.                   Environmental Protection Agency Web sites
                                                              www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater or www.epa.gov/nps
are required to mark              Many municipalities and
certain storm drain inlets    other public agencies must      New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
with messages reminding       enact and enforce a rule that   Division of Water Quality
people that storm drains      prohibits wildlife feeding in   Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control
are connected to local        these areas.                    Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program
waterbodies.                                                  (609) 633-7021

    Do not let sewage or
other wastes flow into a                                               www.cleanwaternj.org
stormwater system.

								
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