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LAWN AND GARDEN IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF USE GARDEN AND LAWN CHEMICALS 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 : PERSONAL and ground waters. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF KEEP IRRIGATION WATER ON THE LAWN AND GARDEN (NOT ON PAVED SURFACES). Divert rain spouts to unpaved areas ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Nonpoint Source Management Section 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399 POLLUTION 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) COMPOST LEAVES, GRASS AND SHRUB 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 SERVICE YOUR CAR REGULARLY. Have CITY OR COUNTY GOVERNMENTS 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? products. 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 POLLUTION. 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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