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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.
Not always business as usual for
our inspectors. Here, a pig's head
and bag of pig guts sit in
a Livermore front yard.
- 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.