Stormwater runoff can carry too many particles of phosphorous, nitrogen, sediment, and bacteria into local waters. A lot of the waterways in our region have shellfish harvesting and swimming restrictions due to their harmful concentrations of bacteria. These Bays also lacks the oxygen dissolved in them that is needed for the life of aquatic species.

To help clean the waterways the state has set a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to several areas of the state’s waterways with proper stormwater pollution prevention plans.

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A TMDL determines the amount of pollution a water body can be exposed to while maintaining the standards for water quality. Find the complete picture of the waterway impacts the roads here.

Citizens play a vital role in the cleanup. Do you realize that when you leave dog litter on the ground, you’re creating dangerous levels of bacteria into our waters and causing closures of beaches? If you’re blowing or raking leaves or yard debris into the streets the local crab and fish populations?

Test soil before fertilizing. A soil test can provide recommendations on soil amendments that will aid you in making the best choices regarding your lawn. But, it’s important to be aware of the information it provides along with the limits of this instrument.

Seed bare areas. If you’re experiencing bare spots there is something incorrect, and it’s hindering the growth of turf. This is since you are constantly losing your soil. Start by testing your soil to determine the need for soil amendments. Then, examine different soil covers to help stabilize your soil.

Native plants do not require excessive fertilizing, watering, or pesticides. Native plants also help restore habitats for birds and butterflies.