Stormwater Management
What You Can Do

Stormwater pollution is one of New Jersey’s greatest threats to clean, plentiful water.

The pollution comes from streets, parking lots and lawns, is washed by rain into storm drains, then into our drinking water supplies, as well as lakes and streams, and the oceans that our families play in and enjoy.
Fertilizer, oil, pesticides , detergents and  pet waste are some examples of every day items that end up in our water. By sharing in the responsibility and making small changes in our daily lives, we can all keep common pollutants out of stormwater.

As part of New Jersey’s initiative to keep our water clean and plentiful and to meet federal requirements, many municipalities and  public agencies, such as colleges and military bases, must adopt ordinances or other rules prohibiting various activities that contribute to stormwater pollution. Breaking these rules can result in fines or other penalties. 

A few things we can all do on a daily basis to protect our waters are:

Clean up after your pet.
      Use newspaper, bags or pooper –scoopers to pick up wastes.
      Dispose of the wrapped pet waste in the trash or unwrapped in a toilet.

Dispose of yard waste properly.
      Keep leaves and grass out of storm drains.
      Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings into the lawn.

Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides.
      Do not use fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted.

Don’t litter and recycle whenever possible.

Participate in community cleanups.

Properly use and dispose of hazardous products.
      Read the labels and do not pour any hazardous products down a storm drain.
      Recycle used motor oil.




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