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Keep Our Waterways Clean

Help keep our waterways clean! Summer tips

  Car Washing

  1. Use a hose nozzle with a trigger to control the amount of water that you use.

  2. Wash your car on the grass or gravel, not a paved surface.

  3. Reduce the amount of soap that you use.

  4. Use a biodegradable or phosphate free soap

  5. Do not rinse sponges and rags on the ground. Rinse them in a bucket and dump the bucket down the
    sink when you are done.
Lawn Fertilizing 

    1. If a fertilizer applicator warns of keeping children and pets off the lawn for 24 hours, it would be wise to
discontinue its use all together.

    2. Using a slow release fertilizer is effective as it spreads over time and is less likely to drain away.

    3. Note that when you water and mow your lawn properly, you may not need much fertilizer. For suggestions on                mowing and watering visit these on-line resources: http://www.turf.msu.edu/docs/turftipsE13.pdf or                                    www.richsoil.com/lawn

    4.  If you must fertilize, stick to organic fertilizers and do it sparingly. More is not better when it comes to fertilizing! If           you decide to fertilize do it sparingly!

 For more information on how you can help keep our waterways clean, visit www.swmp.org/water.asp


Help keep our waterways clean! Snow tips

When snow and ice melts, the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. It
takes only one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Once in the water, there is no way
to remove the chloride, and at high concentrations, chloride can harm fish and plant life. Less is more when it
comes to applying road salt.

Here are four tips for keeping salt use down:


  1. Shovel first. The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use.

  2. Slow down. Drive for winter conditions, and be courteous to slow-moving plows. The slower they drive, the
    more salt will stay on the road where it's needed.

  3. Use sparingly. More salt does not mean more melting. 

  4. Wait for warm weather. Most salts stop doing their job when the temperature is below 15 degrees. Sweep up
    extra salt. If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away. The
    excess can be swept up and reused for the next snow or disposed of.


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