Homeowners can make a difference in the pollution that affects Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. There are easy ways to capture stormwater on residential properties. Here are 5 easy ways you can reduce stormwater runoff at your home and prevent pollution:

1.) Use a leaf bag – Homeowners should collect leaves and other yard debris and place them into leaf bags. This will prevent leaves and other debris from being blown or carried into nearby storm drains.

2.) Make your property a sustainable one – Diverting your gutters into a garden or planting trees around your property are easy ways to absorb stormwater naturally. Homeowners should also consider using porous surfaces for sidewalks, driveways or walkways on your property.

3.) Connect a rain barrel – Rain barrels are easy ways to capture and recycle stormwater. Connect the rain barrel to your gutter system and reuse the water to irrigate your garden, water your plants or wash your car.

4.) Use and dispose of chemical products properly – Anytime you use gasoline, paint, motor oil, fertilizer, pesticides or any other chemicals DO NOT dispose of them by pouring them down your household or storm drains. Homeowners should contact the Onondaga County Resource and Recovery Agency for instructions on disposal of these products.

5.) Get Involved – learn more about stormwater runoff and ways you can help reduce pollution.

Check out our Urban Forestry Program and Rain Barrel Program to see if you’re eligible for a free tree planted in the right-of-way in front of your house or a free rain barrel!

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