Chemical Use Control

Reducing the indiscriminate use and disposal of fertilizers, pesticides, oil and gasoline, and detergents is a frequently overlooked measure for reducing stormwater runoff pollution. Tree spraying, weed control, municipal fertilization of parks and parkways, and homeowner use of pesticides and fertilizers can be controlled by increasing public awareness of the potential hazards to receiving waters. Direct dumping of chemicals and debris into catch basins, inlets, and sewers is a significant problem that can only be addressed through educational programs, ordinances, and enforcement.

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