Yard waste is one of the many factors that contributes to the pollution of our waterways. Yard waste entering storm drains or streams and other water sources increases the risk of flooding and adds pollutants to the environment. Not only does yard waste cause blockages to the drainage system which can lead to localized flooding, it can also quickly “super-fertilize” streams and lakes and can lead to algae blooms and fish kills. Sweeping or blowing grass clippings, fallen leaves, or other yard waste into the street or down the storm drain can cause serious damage to the storm sewer system and to the waterways in which storm drains lead.
Here are some resources you can use when doing yard care to help keep our water clean.