Contacts For More Natural Alternatives Information: To Help Your Garden To report an illegal discharge of pesticides, Grow Chemical-Free: fertilizers or other chemicals into a storm Believe or not about 90 percent of the drain during business hours contact: insects in your lawn and garden are not Clean Water Program Hotline: 760-435-5800 harmful. Many insect species actually prey on garden pests and by using too After hours contact: many pesticides, these beneficial insects are also killed. Rather than using Police Dispatch pesticides, which also contribute to 760-435-4911 water pollution, try using the following predators for your garden pest For more information about “Green Waste” Pollution Prevention problems: disposal contact: Ladybugs: Particularly good at Waste Management: Tips for controlling aphid populations, they 760-439-2824 can also be used for problems with whiteflies, spider mites, mealy bugs and If you would like additional information Gardening other soft-bodied insects. about chemical-free gardening, log-on to the Green lacewings: While also the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides website at www.pesticide.org. Activities natural predator of aphids and Click on the Journal of Pesticide Reform for whiteflies, green lacewings additionally handy factsheets on alternatives. Or try www.bewaterwise.com for information on feast on small worms and insect eggs. watering schedules and native plants. Decolate snails and toads: Both Information for this brochure compiled with the aid these species prey on pest garden of: the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to snails and slugs which eat our garden Pesticides. plants. Furthermore, be careful not to over-fertilize your garden. Fertilizers contain large amounts of nitrogen which help encourage plant growth, but also City of Oceanside provide food for whiteflies, aphids, rose Water Utilities Department/Clean Water Program disease and powdery mildew. 300 North Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054 Phone: 760-435-5800 Fax: 760-435-5814 www.oceansidecleanwaterprogram.org You Can Help How Does Gardening Things You Can Do Protect Oceanside Lead To Storm Water To Prevent Water Watersheds Pollution? Pollution: Try natural alternatives to pesticides and As a coastal community, fertilizers. For more information refer to the Chemicals: Fertilizers and pesticides from next section. Oceanside relies on clean water for its residents, home lawns and gardens often run healthy beaches, public into storm drains during irriga- Avoid over-applying chemicals to your lawn safety and a desirable tion or rain storms. These chemi- or garden before irrigation or an anticipated environment for wildlife. cals are harmful to humans and rain event. wildlife when they pollute creek, When it rains, many of the pollutants that lurk on our streets, sidewalks, parking lots river and ocean water. Don’t over-water your lawn andgarden. Over- and gutters wash down the storm drains, watering can increase plant disease and waste Yard Clippings: Lawn and garden clippings, precious water resources. By installing a drip and into the nearest body of water. In when washed down a storm Oceanside, our four major bodies of water irrigation or micro-spray system, less water is drain, not only clog the drain wasted as runoff. are the Pacific Ocean, Buena Vista Creek, but decompose in our Loma Alta Creek and the San Luis Rey River. waterbodies, taking away Unwanted chemicals should be disposed of at oxygen from fish and other a hazardous waste collection facility. wildlife. “You Are The Solution Sediments: Soil from home Try using native shrubbery and plants. They To Water Pollution” require less water and are disease- resistant. gardens that is washed down storm drains harms aquatic wildlife. Too Unfortunately, storm drains do not filter much sediment in water can Soil erosion from hillsides and flat surfaces water or debris, nor are they can be prevented by planting grass and other prevent fish from breathing by rapid-growth vegetative covers that hold dirt connected to the sewer clogging their gills and make it system, so any pollutant that particles together. difficult for some wildlife to find flows into the storm drain ends up in our ocean. places with deep enough water to Store chemicals in a covered, contained area lay their eggs. to avoid seepage into rain water. Storm water pollutants come from many different sources, such as leaking cars, pet Overwatering: Excessive watering of lawns waste, chemicals, building material, yard and gardens can lead to Sweep excess lawn clippings, leaves and other waste, soil erosion and litter. The good increased runoff carrying yard waste and deposit in a “green waste” bin news is that storm water pollution is chemical pollutants to storm provided by Waste Management or in a preventable. drains and, ultimately, to our compost mixer. As Oceanside residents, we local water bodies. These simply need to work together chemical pollutants: herbicides, pesticides, Excess soil should be swept off pavement and and change a few habits to fertilizers and oils from the street contaminate disposed of in a compost mixer or garbage benefit our health, our families the water and increase public and can. Do not hose or sweep soil into storm drains. and our community. Re- environmental health risks. member, every bit of pollution hurts.