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Saving Our Island!

What You Can Do To Help Protect Our Water

1. Pet Waste


Did you know that animal waste from pets can pollute our waters? When left on the ground, pet waste is washed by rain and melting snow and ice into storm drains that carry it to our rivers, lakes, the ocean and drinking water.

 

Animal waste contains a high concentration of nutrients as well as bacteria and disease-causing microorganisms that can cause problems.

 

What you can do

 

Pet owners or anyone who takes your pet for walks must properly dispose of the waste by picking it up, wrapping it and either placing it in the trash or flushing it unwrapped down the toilet

 

Your municipality is required to adopt and enforce local pet-waste laws. At a minimum, your community must require that pet owners or their keepers immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any public or private property not owned or possessed by that person. People with assistance animals such as Seeing Eye dogs are exempt.

 

Make sure you know what your municipality requires - and follow it.

 

Thank you for doing your part to keep Osborn's waters clean.


2. Storm Water

Water from storm drains empty directly into our coastal waters!

Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides

 

• Do a soil test to see if you need a fertilizer.

 

• Do not apply fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted.

 

• Look into alternatives for pesticides.

 

• Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that requires little or no fertilizer.

 

• If you use fertilizers and pesticides, follow the instructions on the label on how to correctly apply it.


Properly use and dispose of hazardous products

 

• Hazardous products include some household or commercial cleaning products, lawn and garden care products, motor oil, antifreeze, and paints.

 

• Do not pour any hazardous products

down a storm drain because storm drains are usually connected to local waterbodies and the water is not treated.

If you have hazardous products in your home or workplace, make sure you store or dispose of them properly. Read the label for guidance.

 • Use natural or less toxic alternatives when possible.

 

Recycle used motor oil. • Contact your municipality, county or facility management office for the locations of hazardous-waste disposal facilities

Dispose of yard waste properly

• Keep leaves and grass out of storm drains.

• If your municipality or agency has yard waste collection rules, follow them.

• Use leaves and grass clippings as a resource for compost.

• Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings.