What can you do to prevent storm water runoff?

Tips for preventing storm water runoff include:

  1. Conserve and recycle resources such as newspapers, plastic containers, glass jars, and metal cans.
  2. Sweep grass clippings, leaves, and fertilizer from driveways, streets, and flumes.
  3. Don't dump hazardous substances such as used oil, household chemicals, yard treatment chemicals, or other waste onto the pavement or into storm drains.
  4. Prevent excess runoff of pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides by using them properly and efficiently.
  5. Fertilize your lawn, not nearby water sources. Understand your fertilizer label, and follow proper application rates.
  6. Natural waste can be damaging as well. Leaves, grass clippings, and erosion are all sources of phosphorus, which turns lakes and rivers green with algae. Dispose of these properly so they do not wash into the storm drain.
  7. Clean up after pets. Pet waste contains phosphorus and harmful bacteria.

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1. What is storm water?
2. What is storm water runoff?
3. Why is storm water management important?
4. What can you do to prevent storm water runoff?