Straight from the USGS Georgia website here are some great tips to helping improve urban stormwater runoff:
- Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves, and debris out of street gutters and storm drains–these outlets drain directly to lake, streams, rivers, and wetlands.
- Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
- Dispose of used oil, antifreeze, paints, and other household chemicals properly, not in storm sewers or drains. If your community does not already have a program for collecting household hazardous wastes, ask your local government to establish one.
- Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease, and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local streams and lakes.
- Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.
- Encourage local government officials to develop construction erosion/sediment control ordinances in your community.
- Have your septic system inspected and pumped, at a minimum, every 3-5 years so that it operates properly.
- Purchase household detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams and coastal waters.
What are you doing to help water quality? Are there other things you can think of that aren’t included in this list? Personally I own a paint company and we’re very diligent about disposing and cleaning our latex and oil paints – we don’t just clean them out over storwater runoff drains, we take care of it in our shop. It’s a small thing, but it certainly helps.