4 tips for managing stormwater pollution

To protect your home and local waterways, practice these prevention techniques:

  1. Ask your landscaper for organic options. If you must, use pesticides sparingly and avoid application if the forecast calls for rain. Otherwise, the chemicals will be washed into your local watershed.
  2. Don't allow grass clippings to enter the storm sewer system. Make sure your lawn service company sweeps up driveways and sidewalks after mowing.
  3. Clean paintbrushes in a sink, not outdoors. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
  4. Hire a gutter expert to direct downspouts toward landscaped areas instead of onto pavement or directly into the sewer line. Or, install a rain barrel to catch runoff.


People with asphalt shingles will not be filling any rain barrels. Asphalt is toxic. No one really speaks to homeowners in the deep south. We want to be green too!

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