Reducing runoff is critical to minimizing the impact our yards and gardens have on our lakes and streams.
Storm water run-off is the #1 cause of pollution in urban lakes and rivers. Run-off is caused by rain and snow melt running off impervious surfaces such as roof, driveways and patios. This water picks up dirt, salt, fertilizers, pesticides, oil, bacteria, and garbage before running into the untreated storm drains and directly into lakes & streams.
By keeping the water on our property and allowing it to soak into the soil, we prevent it from collecting pollution and flowing into our bay while watering our yards and gardens. We are also helping to replenish our ground water (aquifers.)
Here are some ways to keep it on your property and out of our lakes & streams:
Plants help improve water quality. They slow down the flow of storm water and their extensive roots soak up any pollutants before they make their way into our bay.
Lawns are ecosystems that affect surface and groundwater systems. Lawn grasses clean the environment by absorbing gaseous pollutants and intercepting pesticides, fertilizers, dust, and sediment.
Learn about ways to use stormwater and keep it from picking up pollutants that harm our bay
Plant buffers near the lake can provide valuable filtration of pollutants as rain water flows to the lake
Rain gardens filter pollutants from storm water run-off, provide habitat for pollinators & beautify your yard
Rain barrels are a great way to capture water for watering your plants, reducing run-off and conserving water