Best Management Practices
Land-based sources of pollution can make their way from our homes into groundwater, canals, and Biscayne Bay. The resources below are designed to help guide you and other South Florida residents through individual actions to help reduce your pollution footprint.
Reuse and Reduce Waste
- Practice using reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and containers to limit single-use items.
- Eliminate the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) and plastic food service containers.
- Pump out and conduct maintenance on your septic tank at least every three years.
- Prevent any chemicals, cooking oils, or harsh cleaning solutions from entering drain pipes (bathroom, kitchen, etc.)
- Do not flush items like cotton balls, paper towels, wet wipes, and cotton swabs down the toilet. Only toilet paper!
Fertilizer & Lawn Care
- Know the correct fertilizer mix for your lawn and/or let your landscaper know: aim for 50% slow release nitrogen and 0% phosphorus.
- Don't fertilize during rainy summer months (June-September) or before heavy rainfall.
- Fertilize at least 15 feet from waterways and storm drains.
- Limit use of sprinklers, especially during rainy summer months.
Responsible Pet Ownership
- Avoid leaving pet waste on lawns/yards to limit exposure to stormwater.
- Use pet waste bags to collect your dog's waste, using biodegradable ones when possible.
- Properly dispose of sealed pet waste in your trash can, in a public trash bin, or at designated pet waste collection stations.
- Wash at a commercial car washing facility when you can! This ensures water gets treated before being discharged.
- If washing a car at home:
- Minimize the amount of water used and either divert runoff to or, preferably, clean the car directly on a grassy area where it can filter through the ground.
- Avoid washing your car on a street or driveway as these may be near a storm drain.
- Use biodegradable and/or phosphate free soaps.
- Use your voice to become an environmental advocate!
- Sign a petition to add your voice to an ongoing campaign.
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