Tips for Residents

Everyday activities like walking your dog or driving your car can leave behind pollutants that discharge into the City's MS4. City residents can take these small steps to help reduce pollutants in storm water runoff, which can add up to reducing big problems:

  • Runoff from Residential Properties
    • Divert roof runoff to the lawn instead of to a driveway, sidewalk, or directly to the street.
    • Install rain barrels at your downspouts and use the water for irrigation.
    • Consider building a rain garden to capture runoff from roofs, lawns, and driveways.
  • Pet Waste
    • Clean up pet waste - don't let it accumulate in your yard.
  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Keep cars tuned up and repair leaks.
    • Dispose of fluids, such as oil and antifreeze, properly.
    • Clean your car at a commercial car wash.
    • Reduce a few trips with your car each week by walking or biking.
  • Lawn & Yard Maintenance
    • Aerate the lawn to increase the rate of infiltration.
    • Seed any bare spots in your lawn.
    • Do not blow grass clippings onto the street, sidewalk or driveway.
    • Mulch grass clippings and leave on the lawn for natural fertilizer.
    • Avoid overuse of pesticides and fertilizers - apply only when necessary and use only the amount needed.
    • Target the use of pesticides in problem areas.
    • Don't spread fertilizers on hard surfaces.
    • Buy phosphorous-free fertilizers.
    • Compost leaves on your property rather than raking into the street for City collection.
    • Apply salt on the sidewalk and driveway sparingly - use only the amount necessary.
    • Remove snow and ice as much as possible by shoveling and scraping before salting.
  • Chemicals
    • Store and dispose of chemicals properly - do not dump leftover chemicals down the storm drain.
    • Clean up any chemical spills on hard surfaces.
    • Keep chemicals stored outside in waterproof containers.
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