The Woodland Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan can be found on the following link:
What can you do to
You can start at home.
Begin by taking a close look at practices around your house that might be contributing to polluted runoff. You might find that you need to make some changes.
The following are some specific tips to act on—dos and don'ts, organized by categories, to help you become part of the solution rather than part of the problem of nonpoint source pollution.
Buy chemicals only in the amount you expect to use, and apply them only as directed. More is not better.Take unwanted household chemicals to hazardous-waste collection centers; do not pour them down the drain. Pouring chemicals down the drain could disrupt your septic system or contaminate treatment plant sludge.
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergents.Use water-based products whenever possible.
Leftover household pesticide? Do not indiscriminately spray pesticides, either indoors or outdoors, where a pest problem has not been identified. Dispose of excess pesticides at hazardous-waste collection centers.
On Your PropertyGardening and Landscaping
Cultivate plants that discourage pests.
Minimize grassed areas, which require high maintenance.
Preserve existing trees, and plant trees and shrubs to help prevent erosion and promote infiltration of water into the soil.
Other landscaping tips:
Install wood decking, bricks or interlocking stones instead of impervious cement walkways.
Install gravel trenches along driveways or patios to collect water and allow it to filter into the ground.
Restore bare patches in your lawn as soon as possible to avoid erosion.
Grade all areas away from your house at a slope of one percent or more.
Leave lawn clippings on your lawn so that nutrients in the clippings are recycled and less yard waste goes to landfills.
If you elect to use a professional lawn care service, select a company that employs trained technicians and follows practices designed to minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
Compost your yard trimmings. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner that gradually releases nutrients to your lawn and garden. (Using compost will also decrease the amount of fertilizer you need to apply.) In addition, compost retains moisture in the soil and thus helps you conserve water.
Spread mulch on bare ground to help prevent erosion and runoff.
Test your soil before applying fertilizers. Over-fertilization is a common problem, and the excess can leach into ground water or contaminate rivers or lakes. Also, avoid using fertilizers near surface waters. Use slow-release fertilizers on areas where the potential for water contamination is high, such as sandy soils, steep slopes, compacted soils and verges of water bodies. Select the proper season to apply fertilizers—incorrect timing could encourage weeds or stress grasses. Do not apply pesticides or fertilizers before or during rain because of the strong likelihood of runoff.
Calibrate your applicator before applying pesticides or fertilizers. As equipment ages, annual adjustments might be needed.
Keep storm gutters and drains clean of leaves and yard trimmings. (Decomposing vegetative matter leaches nutrients and can clog storm systems and result in flooding.)
Choosing a Deicer - All deicers impact the environment. Below are some tips to minimize the impact.
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