Easy Things You Can Do Every Day To Protect Our Water
Pollution on streets, parking lots and lawns is washed by rain into storm drains, then directly to our drinking water supplies and the ocean and lakes our children play in. Fertilizer, oil, pesticides, detergents, pet waste, grass clippings: You name it and it ends up in our water.
Stormwater pollution is one of New Jersey’s greatest threats to clean and plentiful water, and that’s why we’re all doing something about it. By sharing the responsibility and making small, easy changes in our daily lives, we can keep common pollutants out of stormwater. It all adds up to cleaner water, and it saves the high cost of cleaning up once it’s dirty.
As part of New Jersey’s initiative to keep our water clean and plentiful and to meet federal requirements, many municipalities and other public agencies including colleges and military bases must adopt ordinances or other rules prohibiting various activities that contribute to stormwater pollution. Breaking these rules can result in fines or other penalties.
As a resident, business, or other member of the New Jersey community, it is important to know these easy things you can do every day to protect our water…
– Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides
– Do a soil test to see if you need a fertilizer.
– Do not apply fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted.
– Look into alternatives for pesticides.
– Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that requires little or no fertilizer.
– If you use fertilizers and pesticides, follow the instructions on the label on how to correctly apply it.
– Make sure you properly store or discard any unused portions.
– Properly use and dispose of hazardous products
– Hazardous products include some household or commercial cleaning products, lawn and garden care products, motor oil, antifreeze, and paints.
– Do not pour any hazardous products down a storm drain because storm drains are usually connected to local waterbodies and the water is not treated.
– If you have hazardous products in your home or workplace, make sure you store or dispose of them properly. Read the label for guidance.
– Use natural or less toxic alternatives when possible.
– Recycle used motor oil.
– Clean up after your pet
Make sure you know the City’s requirements and comply with them. It’s the law. And remember to:
– Use newspaper, bags or pooper-scoopers to pick up wastes.
– Dispose of the wrapped pet waste in the trash or un- wrapped in a toilet.
- Never discard pet waste in a storm drain.
– Dispose of yard waste properly
– Keep leaves and grass out of storm drains.
– Use leaves and grass clippings as a resource for compost.
– Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings into the lawn.
– Keep pollution out of storm drains
– Do not let sewage or other wastes flow into a stormwater system.
– Don’t feed wildlife
– Do not feed wildlife, such as ducks and geese, in public areas.
For more information on stormwater related topics, visit www.njstormwater.org or www.nonpointsource.org
Additional information is also available at U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Web sites www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater or www.epa.gov/nps
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water Quality
Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program (609) 633-7021
By the State of New Jersey stormwater regulation, Burlington County was required to establish an agency to review
adopted municipal stormwater management plans.
Following that requirement, the Board of Chosen Freeholders named the Planning Board as the approval agency
within Burlington County.
The Planning Board has appointed a Review Committee that reviews submitted draft and adopted municipal
stormwater plans and ordinances for consistency with the State’s stormwater regulations.
This webpage is provided to assist municipalities with preparation of their municipal stormwater management plan.
Gina A. Berg , Water Resources Coordinator
Joseph T. Brickley, County Engineer
County Highway Department Stormwater Section
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