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Read the Labels

Every day, our lakes, rivers and drinking water sources are getting a strong dose of chemicals from the products we put on and into our bodies. Artificial fragrances, parabens, preservatives, and Triclosan are just some…

Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special…

Know Where to Wash your Wheels

Who’da thunk it? Washing your car in the driveway is actually an environmental no-no. That’s ‘cause paved driveways that drain to the curb send suds, oil, and greasy grit straight down the storm sewer and…

Grow Plants Native to Your Area

Water naturally runs toward lower ground, so turn low-lying areas around your home into rain gardens with native plants that can filter out pollution from stormwater runoff. Plant trees, shrubs and grasses into layers of…

Safely Deposit Pharmaceuticals

There could be some in your medicine cabinet right now — unused prescription drugs you’ve just forgotten about. Proper disposal keeps them from being misused or contaminating our fragile rivers and lakes, and now it’s…

Only Rain Down Stormdrains

Because storm drains are basically rainwater expressways leading directly into our lakes and rivers, it’s time to pay attention to what clogs or gets through the grates. By cleaning away grass clippings, leaves, litter and…

Properly Apply Fertilizer

Use low or no phosphorus fertilizers and do not overuse or misapply fertilizers onto sidewalks and paved areas. When it rains, any misapplied fertilizers sitting on sidewalks or other paved areas will get washed into…

Use a Rain Barrel

Fill ‘er up for free! You and your yard will feel great when you store every downpour in your very own rain barrel. It’s the perfect plan to keep your gardens green and reduce runoff,…

Keep a Lid on Trash

Unappreciated and often overworked, dumpsters and bins never seem to mind taking our trash. When their lids are left open, garbage can fall out and rain can get in, allowing undesirable material and debris to…

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