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					            Preventing Storm Water Pollution:
                       What We Can Do
               ~Parks and Grounds Maintenance~

          GENERAL TOPICS                                                                                                                              WATERING

Employees who maintain our parks
and landscaped areas can help reduce                                                                                                                                         Check soil moisture
water pollution by following                                                                                                                                                  and water only
                                                                                                                                                                              when the top 4” to
precautions in their daily activities:                                                                                                                                        5” of soil is dry.
–   Plant Selection
–   Watering
–   Debris Management
–   Soil Management                                                                                                   Avoid runoff by
                                                                                                                       adjusting watering
–   Pesticide and Herbicide Practices.                                                                                 time, direction and
                                                                                                                       volume of spray
                                                                                                                       heads.
         PLANT SELECTION

                                                                                                                                                                             Turn off sprinklers
                                                                                                                                                                              during rainy
                                                                                                                                                                              weather.




                                                                                                                      Install rain and
 Use BlueThumb.org  Use native or                                                                                    freeze sensors on
  as a tool for plant adapted perennial                                                                                automated
  selection and care. vegetation.                                                                                      sprinkler systems.




                                                           DEBRIS MANAGEMENT

 DO NOT dispose
  of grass clippings,                                                                                                 Use composted
  leaves, or other                                                                                                     leaves as a soil
  debris in the storm                                                                                                  amendment or
  drain.                                                                                                               shred and add to
                                                                                                                       flower beds as
 Remove                                                                                                               mulch.
  accumulated
  litter and debris
  from storm drain
  inlets.                                                                                                             Sweep paved
                                                                                                                       surfaces or blow
 Mow grass as high                                                                                                    clippings and
  as possible leaving                                                                                                  trimmings onto
  clippings on the                                                                                                     grass rather than
  lawn.                                                                                                                hosing down.

                 Metro WaterShed Partners--http://cgee.hamline.edu/watershed/resources                                        MINNESOTA WATER – LET’S KEEP IT CLEAN – www.cleanwatermn.org

                                                                      Poster designed by NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS--www.nctcog.org
           Preventing Storm Water Pollution:
                      What We Can Do
              ~Parks and Grounds Maintenance~

                                                                SOIL MANAGEMENT

 Test soil to determine                                                                                        Limit soil erosion by
  fertilizer needs.                                                                                              planting vegetation on
                                                                                                                 bare areas and using
 Aerating and                                                                                                   mulch or matting for
                                                                                                                 landscaped areas.
  composting reduces
  fertilizer needs, improves drainage, and
  promotes root growth.


                           PESTICIDE and HERBICIDE PRACTICES

 Follow safety,                                                                                                                    DO NOT apply
  storage and                                                                                                                        during windy
  disposal procedures                                                                                                                conditions or if
                                                                                                                                     rain is predicted
  for chemicals.
                                                                                                                                     within 24 hours.
 Follow label                                                                                                                      Report any suspected problems
  directions when                                                                                                                    regarding chemical applications.
  mixing or applying
  chemicals.

 Mix chemicals on an                                                                                                               Use landscaping
                                                                                                                                     chemicals only
  impervious surface
                                                                                                                                     as needed.
  away from storm
  drains.                                                                                                                           Apply chemicals
                                                                                                                                     to the problem
                                                                                                                                     area only.
                                                                                                                                    Carefully select the appropriate product
 Avoid over spray                                                                                                                   for the problem.
  deposits onto paved                                                                                                               Use non-toxic substitutes for chemicals
  surfaces where it                                                                                                                  when possible.
  may be washed into
  storm drains.
                                                                                                                                                       CONCLUSION
 DO NOT apply
  chemicals near                                                                                                                      Protecting water quality
  sensitive areas                                                                                                                    requires that all employees
  including streams,                                                                                                                do their part to prevent storm
  lakes, wetlands, or                                                                                                                      water pollution.
  drainageways.


                 Metro WaterShed Partners--http://cgee.hamline.edu/watershed/resources                                        MINNESOTA WATER – LET’S KEEP IT CLEAN – www.cleanwatermn.org

                                                                      Poster designed by NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS--www.nctcog.org

				
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