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5 Simple Steps to Prevent Stormwater Pollution in Your Community

Stormwater pollution is a major environmental concern that can have serious impacts on the health of our waterways and ecosystems. Fortunately, there are simple steps that individuals and communities can take to prevent stormwater pollution and protect our water resources. Here are five easy ways to get started:

  1. Properly dispose of household hazardous waste. This includes products like paint, cleaning supplies, and automotive fluids, which can contain harmful chemicals that can contaminate stormwater runoff if not disposed of properly.

  2. Use fertilizers and pesticides responsibly. These products can also contain harmful chemicals that can run off into stormwater and pollute waterways. To prevent pollution, use these products sparingly and follow label instructions carefully.

  3. Keep litter and debris out of the street. Litter and debris can be carried by stormwater runoff and end up in our waterways, causing pollution and harming aquatic life. Be sure to properly dispose of trash and keep your streets and yards free of debris.

  4. Use a rain barrel to capture rainwater. Rain barrels are an easy and effective way to collect rainwater, which can then be used to water plants and gardens instead of relying on treated tap water. This can help reduce stormwater runoff and prevent pollution.

  5. Support local organizations working to prevent stormwater pollution. There are likely organizations in your community working to prevent stormwater pollution and protect our water resources. Support their efforts by volunteering, donating, or simply spreading the word about their work.

By taking these simple steps, we can all help prevent stormwater pollution and protect the health of our waterways.

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