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Going Green Tips

Green Lawn & Garden Tips

Prevent pollution from entering your storm drains and protect the health of your family, your community, and the Grand River by following these tips.

  1. Avoid scorching your lawn from over-fertilization.  Use slow-release fertilizers only 2-3 times per year.  Non-phosphorus types are best for the environment.
  2. Plant native plants in your garden.  Natives naturally need less water, fertilizers, and pesticides saving you time and money.
  3. Pick up your pet waste and dispose of it properly; otherwise, it could end up in your storm drain, the Grand River, and eventually your favorite Lake Michigan beach.

Green Car Care Tips

Many vehicle fluids can be hazardous.  Even small quantities can contaminate drinking water supplies and harm wildlife.  Prevent pollution from entering your storm drains and protect the health of your family, your community, and the Grand River by following these tips.

  1. Recycle used oil and automotive fluids.  Just one gallon of used motor oil dumped down a catch basin can contaminate one MILLION gallons of your drinking water.
  2. Wash your car at a commercial car wash or on your lawn.  Otherwise, dirty, oily water on your driveway will flow to your storm drain, the Grand River, and eventually Lake Michigan.

Green Home Tips

Prevent pollution from entering your storm drains and protect the health of your family, your community, and the Grand River by following these tips.

  1. Protect your family's health.  Dispose of unwanted paints, solvents, and cleaners at your county's household hazardous waste collection center.
  2. Lower your water bill.  Install a rain barrel to capture and reuse your storm water. 
  3. If you have a septic system, have it pumped out every 3 to 5 years to avoid a costly septic system failure.  Failing septic systems can leak bacteria into your local stream, the Grand River, and eventually Lake Michgan, causing beach closures.

Green Worksite Tips

For more information on keeping garages & storage yards ‘green’, check out THIS ARTICLE.

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