How You Can
As stormwater flows over
driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris,
chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Stormwater
can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a
lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.
Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean
practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep
common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass
clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out
of stormwater. Adopt these healthy household
habits and remember to share them with your neighbors!
- Use a
commercial car wash or wash your car on
a lawn or other unpaved surface to
minimize the amount of dirty, soapy
water flowing into the storm drain.
your car, boat, motorcycle, and other
machinery and equipment for leaks and
spills. Make repairs as soon as
possible. Clean up spilled
fluids with an absorbent material
like kitty litter or sand, and don't
rinse the spills into a nearby storm
drain. Remember to properly
dispose of the absorbent material.
Recycle used oil and other
automotive fluids at participating
service stations. Don't dump these
chemicals down the storm drain or
dispose of them in your trash.
Use pesticides and fertilizers
sparingly. When use is
necessary, use these chemicals in
the recommended amounts. Avoid
application if the forecast calls
for rain; otherwise, chemicals will
be washed into a storm drain.
Select native plants and
grasses that are drought- and
pest-resistant. Native plants
require less water, fertilize, and
pesticides. Visit the Native
Plant Society at
Sweep up yard debris, rather
than hosing down areas.
Compost or recycle yard waste.
Don't over water your lawn.
Water during the cool times of the
day, and don't let water run off
into the storm drain.
Cover piles of dirt and mulch
being used in landscaping projects
to prevent these pollutants from
blowing or washing off your yard.
Vegetate bare spots in your yard to
prevent soil erosion.
- When walking your
pet, remember to pick up the waste and
dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the
best disposal method. Leaving pet waste on the
ground increases public health risks by allowing
harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the
Home Repair and
- Before beginning an
outdoor project, locate the nearest storm drains
and protect them from debris and other materials.
- Sweep up and
properly dispose of construction debris such as
concrete and mortar.
- Use hazardous
substances like paints, solvents, and cleaners in the
smallest amounts possible, and follow the directions
on the label. Clean up spills immediately, and
dispose of the waste safely. Store substances properly
to avoid leaks and spills.
- Purchase and use
nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled, and recyclable
products whenever possible.
- Clean paint
brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Filter and
reuse paint thinner when using oil-based paints.
Properly dispose of excess paints through Brevard
County's hazardous household collection center.
- Reduce the
amount of paved area and increase the amount of
vegetated area in your yard. Use native plants in
your landscaping to reduce the need for watering during
dry periods. Consider directing downspouts away
from paved surfaces onto lawns and other measures to
increase infiltration and reduce polluted runoff.