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Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers From Stormwater Pollution

Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers From Stormwater Pollution 

We ALL live in a watershed!
It’s the land that water flows across or under on its way to a lake, river or stream. Whether or not you live directly on a lake, your actions can impact the quality of water in our waterbodies. If we each do a little, together we can accomplish a lot!

Good Working Practices to Follow 

  • Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals, such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil and other auto fluids.
  • Don't pour them onto the ground or into storm drains.
  • Keep trash securely in its place.
  • Clean up after your pets. This reduces bacteria contamination in waterways.
  • Be a responsible boater. Keep your prop clear of vegetation and maintain engine in proper working order to avoid oil and gas leakage into the water.
  • Keep septic tanks & drain fields away from the lake. Have your tank pumped every 3—5 years.
  • Properly maintain vehicles to avoid pollutants washing into the lake. Fix leaks quickly. Use quick dry materials to clean up oil spills
  • Use a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater, or wash your car on your yard so the water infiltrates into the ground.
Love Our Lakes More Than Your Lawn!

  • Minimize the use of water, fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn.
  • Use drought-, pest- and disease-resistant Florida plants when landscaping your home or business.
  • Plant vegetative buffers on slopes and at your shoreline; these help reduce erosion and provide habitat.
  • Keep native aquatic plants on your shoreline.
  • Refrain from blowing grass clippings & leaves into the lake; these add nutrients to the water causing algal blooms.
  • Compost or mulch yard waste. Don't leave it in the street or sweep it into storm drains or streams. Keep curbs and storm drains clear of debris.
  • Don't overwater your lawn. Consider using a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler.