Source: Penn State Cooperative Extension; compiled by Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association
Yard Maintenance Can Impact Water Quality
Lawn care, landscaping, and pest control practices are major contributors to storm water pollution. Rain flows across yards, rooftops, paved areas, and picks up dirt, leaves, grass clippings, garden chemicals, and anything else in its path. Then this polluted water flows directly into the storm drain system.
utrients and other chemicals from yard waste can cause excessive algae growth and toxin production. Algae can rob the organisms that live in our streams from the oxygen they need to survive, not to mention killing fish along the way. You can make a difference!
Irrigation Ditches and Creek Areas