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  • Water that enters the stormwater system is transported to the nearest waterway without being treated at a wastewater treatment facility
  • Stormwater runoff affects drinking water sources (river, groundwater)
  • A watershed is the area of land that drains to a particular water body
  • Drink tap not bottled
  • Keep a lid on trash outdoors
  • Take household hazardous waste to a disposal facility
  • Safely deposit unused pharmaceuticals
  • Keep fat, grease and cooking oil out of the plumbing system
  • Maintain storm drains by keeping grass clippings, leaves, litter and debris away
  • Detour downspouts
  • Properly apply fertilizer
  • Mow high and mulch grass clippings
  • Compost or mulch leaves and yard debris
  • Maintain natural vegetation - plant or keep buffer zones around ponds, wetlands, lakes and streams
  • Plant rain gardens
  • Use a rain barrel
  • Don’t rake into the lake
  • Don’t flick cigarette butts
  • Recycle used motor oil
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash vehicles on grass or gravel using phosphate-free soap
  • Check for fluid leaks and fix them promptly
  • Properly dispose of pet waste
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