As spring progresses, consider engaging in these activities to improve the water quality of stormwater where you live:
- Dispose of any wind-strewn trash from this past winter and fall, including missed organic matter like leaves and grass clippings.
- Test the soil in your lawn to better inform your fertilizer needs and minimize excess waste runoff into local waterways. If you do use fertilizers, seek out slow-release nitrogen fertilizers to further minimize harm to water quality.
- Mow high (about 2.5 inches or more) to allow your lawn to retain moisture and promote dense growth. Allow any grass clippings to decompose on your lawn. This is free fertilizer! Sweep any clippings off impervious surfaces such as a driveway onto your lawn so that they may avoid becoming runoff pollution.
- For more information and resources on stormwater, please visit the Erie County Stormwater Information webpage (https://eriecountypa.gov/departments/planning-and-community-development/resources/stormwater-information/) or the Erie County Planning Department’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ErieCountyPlanning/).