Don’t use lawn/garden chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. These frequently end up in the creek after running off the property. MCSTOPPP has a good list of effective and safe alternatives to toxic products. Try their Quiz to see how Watershed Friendly you are!
Do NOT wash your car in the driveway or on the street. Soap flows down drains to creek where it harms wildlife. A commercial car wash uses 100 gallons less water per car than a home wash, and, in may cases, professional car wash facilities also reuse and recycle the rinse water. Use a car wash facility that recycles water.
Prevent pollution: never dump oil, fuel or other foreign substances into the drain or the soil.
Catch rainwater on-site. Rainwater is FREE! Catch rainwater in barrels. Use permeable pavement whenever possible to let water percolate into the soil during rains. Your garden will love it. Water captured in the ground slowly moves down into the creeks and streams, keeping them flowing even in dry months.
Don’t litter. Garbage, especially plastic bottles and bags, can wash into the creek and the bay, harming wildlife. Plus it’s ugly. Recycle or dispose of all trash in a can with a tightly fitted lid. For extra points, pick up trash you see lying around. The creek will thank you!
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveway, deck or patio.
Do NOT flush these items down the toilet: cleaning wipes, disposable toilet scrubs detached from a plastic wand, diapers, dental floss, feminine products, rags, toys and cooking grease. This causes backups into your house causing health issues and property. Later it will cause sanitary sewer overflows allowing sewage to enter the Bay untreated. Your toilet is not a garbage can!