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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