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Posted on: April 30, 2018

HELP PROTECT JOHNSTON'S ENVIRONMENT

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With spring upon us, it’s important to note easy ways we can all protect the environment, starting in our own yards. Pollution can be produced when stormwater runs over your yard and picks up pollutants along the way; such as fertilizers, yard waste, pet waste and chemicals. These pollutants are untreated and deposited into our rivers, lakes, and streams. Best management practices to keep pollutants out of the path of stormwater include:

  • Redirecting downspouts to vegetated areas, instead of down paved surfaces
  • Aerating your lawn and applying compost
  • Avoiding applying fertilizers or pesticides when a heavy rain is in the forecast
  • Never dump grass clippings on curbs, stream banks, or near other water resources
  • Properly dispose of household hazardous waste
  • Utilizing rain barrels, cisterns or other methods to capture rain water
  • Regularly picking up pet waste and disposing of it in the garbage

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