Steps to help control NPS pollution

Collect litter and animal waste before they wash into storm drains.

Apply fertilizer at the recommended rate when heavy rain isn’t likely to wash it away.

Recycle grass clippings and leaves by mulching or composting. If you can't compost, collect and dispose of yard waste according to local provisions. Do not put in storm drain.

If you change your own oil, take the used oil to a recycling station. Check with your local service stations for such facilities. Never dump oil into a storm drain.

Home septic tanks should be located, constructed and installed according to regulations. Maintenance and prompt correction of problems are important.

Direct roof runoff onto a grassed area. Roof drains should not be connected to a sanitary or storm sewer system.

Watch for soil erosion around your home. Seed, install sod or plant ground cover to protect the site.

Use porous surfaces such as flagstone, gravel, stone, and interlocking pavers rather than concrete and asphalt.

If you're concerned about the effects of runoff leaving a nearby construction site, contact the local governing body responsible for erosion and sediment control in your area.

Be active! Join a civic or environmental group and participate in stream cleanup activities. Give talks, man booths, join the Adopt-A-Stream Program... spread the word.

You couldn't live long without clean water. Nothing can. Do your part to protect our waters.