As a homeowner, resident, business or other member of the New Jersey community, it is important to know these easy things you can do every day to protect our water.
Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides
- Do a soil test to see if you need a fertilizer
- Do not apply fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted
- Look into alternatives for pesticides
- Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that requires little or no fertilizer
- If you use fertilizers and pesticides, follow the instructions on the label on how to correctly apply it
- Make sure you property store or discard any unused portions
Proper use and dispose of hazardous products
- Hazardous products include some household or commercial cleaning products, lawn and garden care products, motor oil, antifreeze, and paints
- Do not pour any hazardous products down a storm drain because storm drains are usually connected to local bodies of water and the water is not treated
- If you have hazardous products in your home or workplace, make sure you store or dispose of them properly; read the label for guidance
- Use natural or less toxic alternatives when possible
- Recycle used motor oil
- Contact the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) at 609-272-6950, visit their website at www.acua.com, refer to the ACUA’s Recycling Schedule, distributed to your home by the ACUA in January.
Keep pollution out of storm drains
- Municipalities and many other public agencies are required to mark certain storm drain inlets with messages reminding people that storm drains are connected to local bodies of water
- Do not let sewerage or other wastes flow into a stormwater system
Clean up after your pet
- Northfield enforce local pet waste rules as per Chapter 97, Animals, under the Code of the City of Northfield. An example is requiring pet owners or their keepers to pick up and properly dispose of pet waste dropped on public property or other people’s property
- Make sure you know the requirements of the City of Northfield and comply with them; it’s the law
- And remember to:
- Use newspapers, paper bags, or pooper-scoopers to pick up wastes
- Dispose of wrapped pet waste in the trash or unwrapped in a toilet
- DO NOT WRAP PET WASTE IN (NON-BIODEGRADABLE) PLASTIC BAGS
- Never discard pet waste in a storm drain
Do not feed wildlife
- Do not feed wildlife, such as ducks, geese, and seagulls in public areas
- The City of Northfield enforces a rule that prohibits wildlife feeding in public areas, including Birch Grove Park
- Place litter in trash receptacles
- Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!
- Volunteer for community cleanups
Dispose of yard waste properly
- Keep leaves and grass out of storm drains
- Follow yard waste collection rules according the ACUA guidelines distributed to your home by the ACUA in January
- Use leaves and grass clippings as a resource for compost
- Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings into the lawn
A GUIDE TO HEALTHY HABITS FOR CLEANER WATER
- Pollution on streets, parking lots and lawns is washed by rain into storm drains, then directly to our drinking water supplies and the ocean and lakes our children play in. Fertilizer, oil, pesticides, detergents, pet waste, grass clippings: You name it and it ends up in our water.
- Stormwater pollution is one of New Jerseys’ greatest threats to clean and plentiful water, and that’s why we’re all doing something about it.
- By sharing the responsibility and making small, easy changes in our daily lives, we can keep common pollutants out of stormwater. It all adds up to cleaner water, and it saves the high cost of cleaning up once it’s dirty.
- As part of New Jersey’s initiative to keep our water clean and plentiful and to meet federal requirements, many municipalities and other public agencies including colleges and military bases must adopt ordinances or other rules prohibiting various activities that contribute to stormwater pollution. Breaking these rules can result in fines or other penalties.
For more information on stormwater related topics, visit www.cleanwaternj.org . Additional detailed technical information is available at www.njstormwater.org or www.nonpointsoruce.org. Additional information is also available at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency websites: www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater or www.epa.gov/nps , or by contacting the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Quality, Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control, Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program at 609-633-7021.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan