Around the Yard

Lawn Care
Use less lawn chemicals and always follow the label directions. Rains can wash away your fertilizers and pesticides, which is a big waste for you and toxic for fish.  Do not mow your leaves & grass into the street gutter or roadway.  Grass clippings & yard waste can clog our street drains, cause flooding and creates road hazards.

Gutters & Drains
Clear street gutters and storm drains of trash, leaves, and grass. Trash may clog in the drains and cause your street to flood in a storm. Leaves and grass wash to our streams and rivers where they decay, reducing the oxygen in the water that fish need to survive. Trash and debris can also cause numerous problems for fish and other aquatic animals.

Create Compost
Compost leaves, branches, and grass clippings. Compost makes great mulch for your garden or flowerbed. Leave grass clippings on the lawn as you mow to return nutrients to your lawn.

Pick up trash and litter in your yard. Much of the trash in our yards and along roadways will eventually find its way to a stream or river. This not only causes a nuisance, but fish and some birds can become trapped in some types of trash and die.

For more information on what you can do to help, please view the following:
Thank you for helping the city protect our waterways.