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What You Can Do To Reduce Urban Runoff Pollution

The key to preventing urban runoff from threatening local water quality is for each of us to recognize the problem and how our actions can have an impact. Here are some ways you can help reduce urban runoff pollution:

  • Buy "environmentally safe" household cleaners,
  • Properly store all toxic materials,
  • Take all unwanted hazardous materials and containers to local collection sites,
  • Use kitty litter or other absorbent to remove spills from pavement,
  • Use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers sparingly and carefully,
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean up yard clippings,
  • Pick up animal wastes and dispose of them in garbage cans,
  • Take used motor oil and antifreeze to a recycling center or hazardous waste collection center,
  • Reduce leakage of oil, antifreeze and other fluids from your car by regular inspections and maintenance,
  • Call 1-800-CLEANUP to report any illegal dumping or discharging into storm drains.

By changing the way we act as individuals, our combined impact on improving water quality can be tremendous.

Reviewed: April 11, 2024
Web Site Owner: National Ocean Service

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