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									          LAWN AND GARDEN
                                                         IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF
WISELY. Follow package directions carefully,              THE SOLUTION AND WANT                                   POINTLESS
and only use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers          MORE INFORMATION,
when other methods fail. Do not apply if rain is in
the forecast. WHY?...Excessive fertilizers and
chemicals wash off the property and into surface
                                                         CONTACT THE FOLLOWING :
and ground waters.
                                                              FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
SURFACES). Divert rain spouts to unpaved areas
                                                            ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
                                                            Nonpoint Source Management Section
                                                         2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399
or swales, and wash vehicles where water will                        Phone: 850/245-7508
drain to vegetated areas. WHY?...This allows
runoff to soak into the soil and not wash off the       SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT
property into nearby waterbodies after picking up                      DISTRICT
pollutants.                                                        Phone: 561/686-8800
                                                           1-800-432-2045 (toll free-Florida Only)
CLIPPINGS. Use these materials as mulch to                   SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER
supplement fertilizers. Do not rake these materials             MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
                                                                    Phone: 352/796-7211
into roadways or swales. WHY?...These materials
                                                            1-800-423-1476 (toll free-Florida only)
will decompose, returning nutrients to the soil so
that you can use less fertilizers. If placed in roads   ST JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT
or swales, yard debris will block drainage flows                      DISTRICT
and end up in your nearest waterbodies.                           Phone: 386/329-4500
               AUTOMOTIVE                                      SUWANNEE RIVER WATER
                                                                MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
DON’T DRAIN USED MOTOR OIL INTO                                     Phone: 386/362-1001
STORM DRAINS. Take used motor oil and                       1-800-226-1066 (toll free-Florida only)
antifreeze to service stations to recycle them.
WHY?...These products are toxic and add                     NORTHWEST FLORIDA WATER
pollutants to surface waters if placed or washed              MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
into storm drains.                                              Phone: 850/539-5999

your car inspected and maintained regularly.                                                                             prepared by
                                                         COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
WHY?...To prevent leakage of motor oil,
antifreeze and other fluids that can end up in the         SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION                  Florida Department of Environmental Protection
nearest waterbody. Well maintained vehicles                          DISTRICTS                               Nonpoint Source Management Section
reduce air emissions that also can contaminate
surface waters.
     POINTLESS                                                 PERSONAL                                               POLLUTION
                      WHEREVER YOU                       Some examples of these pollutants are:                   •   Pathogens from septic tank systems and animal
                                                                                                                      wastes contaminate shellfish and lead to the
                      LIVE, YOUR DAILY
                                                         •   Sediments from soil erosion caused by                    closing of swimming areas.
                      ACTIVITIES COULD                       unvegetated soils and by uncontrolled
                      END UP POLLUTING                       construction activities.                                    WHAT YOU CAN DO TO
                      FLORIDA WATERS.                    •   Automotive and lawn equipment gas, oil and
                                                             grease leaking onto paved areas or improper                  REDUCE POINTLESS
                                                             disposal into storm drains of used oil and other            PERSONAL POLLUTION?
Pollutants from our homes, businesses and farms
                                                         •   Runoff of pesticides and fertilizers from                    HOME & HOUSEHOLD
are major contributors to the pollution of Florida’s
                                                             residential lawns, commercial and recreational
surface and ground waters. This pollution is
                                                             turf, gardens, and farms.
washed into the state’s waters by rain or irrigation
                                                         •   Organic contaminants from litter, yard trash,
water and is known as POINTLESS PERSONAL
                                                             sludge, garbage from dumpsters and garbage
                                                             cans, and pet and livestock wastes.
Unlike many other types of pollution, WE cause           •   Pathogens and excessive nutrients from sewer
this pollution, and WE can stop it!                          leaks and septic tank systems overflowing or
                                                             located in areas with high water tables.                          MAINTENANCE
        WHAT IS POINTLESS                                                                                         SHOP WISELY. Buy products labeled
                                                                HOW DOES POINTLESS
      PERSONAL POLLUTION?                                                                                         biodegradable, non-toxic, non-phosphorus, or
                                                                PERSONAL POLLUTION                                water soluble. WHY?...They readily decompose
The blame for water pollution often is aimed at                 IMPACT OUR WATERS?                                and will not pollute surface or ground waters.
“point sources,” such as industrial or sewage
treatment facilities. Discharges from these sources      Pointless Personal Pollution contains many kinds         STORE PRODUCTS SAFELY. Keep toxic
flow through pipes and readily can be identified         of pollutants that contaminate our waters in many        products in original containers, closed and clearly
and their treatment improved.                            ways. A few of these ways are:                           marked in safe storage places. WHY?...To prevent
                                                                                                                  spillage, which could reach ground or surface
                                                         •   Nutrients from fertilizers, septic tanks and         waters, and to prevent accidents with children or
But Pointless Personal Pollution, also known as
nonpoint source pollution, is difficult to identify          animal wastes enter our waters, causing              pets.
and treat. This is because many of our daily                 excessive growth of algae and aquatic weeds.
                                                         •   Heavy metals and pesticides from road runoff         PROPERLY MAINTAIN SEPTIC SYSTEMS.
activities can cause this pollution, and it can travel
by many different routes into the ground and                 or from yards and farms can kill aquatic             Inspect systems regularly and have pumped out as
surface waters.                                              organisms and contaminate sediments.                 needed. Avoid caustic cleaners, chemicals, or
                                                         •   Sewage, garbage and litter reduce oxygen in          solvents and fats, oils, and greases. WHY?...They
                                                             the water to levels that can kill aquatic life.      might destroy waste-reducing bacteria or clog
Take a look around your home and property. You           •   Sediments from soil erosion clog fish gills and      absorption fields, which could cause runoff of
can find many sources of Pointless Personal                  shellfish filter systems, cutting off their oxygen   inadequately treated wastes during rain storms to
Pollution that could end up in the state’s waters.           supplies.                                            reach our ground or surface waters.

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