Whether you are a resident or a business, you can prevent stormwater pollution by following a couple key principals. Incorporate these into your day-to-day life to protect Arlington’s streams.
This includes leaves, grass clippings, dog waste, soil, wash water and litter to name but a few. Nothing but clean rain water should enter the storm drains.
Put waste where it belongs. Do not allow pollutants to be washed away.
Pet waste belongs in the trash, not on the ground. In your yard, in our parks, in the dog park – where ever your are, pick up the poop and put it in the trash!
Pool water can cause fish kills in our streams when discharged improperly. Follow the guidelines for the stream-safe way to release your pool water.
Plant and/or mulch your property and don’t allow sediment or trash to runoff during the next rainstorm! Sediment is a pollutant in our streams as well as in the Chesapeake Bay.
Minimize or eliminate the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Only apply these products if rain is not in the forecast.
Take your car to a commercial car wash. The dirt, grime, break dust and soap is treated at a commercial car wash but is not treated at your home.
Discuss with your contractor where and how they will cleanup. Paint, grout, mortar, wash water, or any other material should not be washed into the street. Keep this in mind for DIY projects as well.
Protect your pipes.
Reduce runoff by creating opportunities for water to soak into the ground or be collected.
Rain barrels and cisterns collect rainwater allowing for its reuse later for watering landscape. With less water running off of your property, there are fewer opportunities for pollutants to be washed into our stormwater network and eventually into our streams!
Conservation landscaping, rain gardens and the use of pervious surfaces create places where water can slow down and soak into the ground.
- StormwaterWise offers funding for conservation landscaping, rain gardens, pavement removal and pervious surfaces.
Close the lid! Keep dumpster and grease container lids closed to avoid trash from blowing out and from filling with rain water.
If you spill outside, clean it up using dry clean up methods. Sweep up and/or use absorbent materials, but NEVER hose the spill off into a storm drain.
Arlington County is happy to provide its businesses with the materials provided in the Business Resources sidebar as reminders of best practices to avoid polluting our waterways. Contact Jen McDonnell to request copies.