Yard Care Tips to Protect Water

Jun 11th, 2016

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions.” ~Pope Francis 

“The actions we take at home can impact nearby lakes, rivers and wetlands, and we can all take steps with our yard care to prevent pollution and protect water quality. Follow these four simple steps to protect water this summer: 

* Keep leaves and grass clippings out of storm drains. Keep your leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste out of the streets and gutters. Compost your yard waste or dispose of it at a yard waste drop-off site or through your waste hauler. 

* Clean your gutters and redirect your downspouts. Point your downspouts somewhere that will allow the storm water to soak into the ground. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves, twigs and other debris. Low-lying spots in your yard that is consistently soggy could be a good place for a rain garden or swale. 

* Pick up your pet’s waste (before it rains). Pick up your pet’s waste early and often. Be especially vigilant when there’s rain in the forecast. Remember: anything you don’t clean up in your yard will end up in the storm drains. Dispose of pet waste in the garbage. 

* Wash your car at a commercial car wash. When you wash your car at home, the soapy, dirty water running down your driveway can end up in a storm drain that flows directly into a nearby river, lake or wetland. Instead of washing your car at home, take it to a car wash, where companies are required to dispose of their wastewater properly, ensuring that it’s cleaned and treated.” Learn more steps you can take to protect water at http://www.hennepin.us/residents/environment/protecting-land-water 

Peace & Justice Committee