Pollution Prevention

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Your Yard or Garden

Pesticides and fertilizers can pollute our creeks and Bay.

  • Eliminate or reduce your use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. If you must use chemicals, use them sparingly. Especially avoid products containing diazinon and chlorpyrifos, which can harm aquatic life.
  • Control pests with non-toxic alternatives such as hand-picking, traps, closing up holes, and encouraging predatory insects.
  • Locate Integrated Pest Management Partnership Stores in your area. These hardware stores and nurseries have committed to providing their customers the most up-to-date information on pollutants and less toxic pest controls.
  • Never apply chemicals when rain is forecast.
  • Don't over-water. Chlorinated tap water can be dangerous to aquatic life.
  • Slow down runoff by directing water from roofs and paved surfaces to areas where it can soak into the ground or filter through vegetation.
  • Compost yard and garden trimmings. Use compost to provide natural, slow-acting fertilizer.
  • Keep litter, leaves, and chemicals out of storm drains.
  • Dispose of unused chemicals properly.
  • Pick up animal wastes and dispose in garbage cans or toilet.

As part of a program called Our Water Our World, local government agencies have been partnering with retail stores (an IPM partner) to make less toxic products more available to consumers. Stores listed on this site have agreed to provide fact sheets and shelf tags to make it easy for their customers to choose a non-toxic product. Products may vary from store to store.  Click here to find the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnership stores near you.

To get assistance in finding a State managed Used Oil Collection Center, click here.