Little actions can have big impacts. That’s the idea behind MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System), a federal program to promote clean water. Previous legislation targeted industry to curb water pollution. Today, stormwater runoff is the #1 pollution problem. When rainwater or snowmelt flows across the ground and pavement, the water picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and carries them either directly into the Tookany Creek or through storm drain inlets that empty into the waterway.
Everyone has to do their part to keep our water clean. Please follow all of the tips that apply to help keep our streams and creeks healthy now and for generations to come.
Other landscaping tips:
Install wood decking, bricks or interlocking stones instead of impervious cement walkways.
Install gravel trenches along driveways or patios to collect water and allow it to filter into the ground.
Restore bare patches in your lawn as soon as possible to avoid erosion.
Grade all areas away from your house at a slope of one percent or more.
Homeowners can significantly reduce the volume of wastewater discharged to home septic systems and sewage treatment plants by conserving water. If you have a septic system, by decreasing your water usage, you can help prevent your system from overloading and contaminating ground water and surface water. (Seventy-five percent of drainfield failures are due to hydraulic overloading.)