A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER . . . BEGINS WITH YOU

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IN YOUR YARD

Yard waste has the potential to carryhazardous landscaping chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers into the storm drain system. It also generates a large amount of bacteria if left to decompose in curbs, catch basins, and local waterways.

Sweep up yard waste instead of hosing itaway and keep curb gutters free of leaves and grass clippings. Replace lawns with native plants to conserve water and reduce the need for landscape chemicals. Stop irrigation runoff by adjusting sprinklers and reducing watering times.

During the rainy season, redirect rain gutterdownspouts to landscaped areas where the water can be absorbed and replenish groundwater. Or, connect your downspout to a rain barrel to store the water for later use.

FROM YOUR CAR

Your car can be a source of automotivepollutants such as motor oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluids, and heavy metals. It is important to check your vehicle regularly for fluid leaks and keep it serviced. Use a funnel to prevent spills and keep rags and absorbents within reach. Use drip pans, drop cloths, or containers to collect fluids when making repairs or collecting leaks. Wash your car on your lawn or direct wash water to a landscaped surface to avoid releasing automotive pollution into our waterways.

Make a pledge to implement the abovepractices daily. Think Blue appreciates everything you do to help protect our local waterways.

PREVENT POLLUTION

One of the best ways to prevent the flowof pollution into our local waterways is to prevent water from leaving your property as you perform daily activities. By eliminating over-irrigation and sweeping instead of cleaning hard surfaces with water, you can prevent urban runoff and avoid discharging pollutants into our local waterways.

AROUND YOUR HOME

Sweep up trash, dirt, and debris anddispose of home construction waste in the trash. Reduce bacteria in our waterways by picking up litter from around your yard and neighborhood and carry bags to pick up after your pet.