How to Help Sligo Creek’s Water Quality
Suggestions for helping Sligo’s water quality, organized in 4 sections: Home, Street, Car, and Community.
- sweep the gutters and driveways regularly and place the sweepings in the garden
- prevent soil or mulch from being washed or blown off the garden
- rake up lawn clippings and use them as mulch on the garden or place them in the compost
- grass or re-plant areas of disturbed soil
- consider natural alternatives to pest control chemicals
- dispose of paint and chemicals at approved disposal sites (e.g., Shady Grove Transfer Station)
- consider using rain barrels, rain gardens, and other methods to reduce runoff and increase water infiltration in your yard
- pile sand and soil on areas where it can wash into the stormwater system
- overuse/use chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) that could be washed into stormwater from your yard
- drop packaging or cigarette butts on the ground
- leave trash where bins are already full
- use (too much) fertilizer
- pour grease or food items down the kitchen drain; it may lead to sewer blockages
- leave dirt exposed, including piles of dirt
- let paint, concrete or other work substances run down the driveway and road and into the Creek
- wash your car on the street or in your driveway where suds could flow into the Creek
- pick up litter when you see it
- clean up pet droppings and dispose of them in the garden, rubbish bins, or in the toilet
- throw litter onto the street or sidewalk
- wash your car in your driveway or on the street
- maintain your car, making sure there are no leaks and that fuel is burned cleanly by keeping it tuned
- use the minimum amount of detergent for cleaning outside, and wash your car on the grass or on gravel.
- take your car to a car wash where the water is recycled
- work on your car (including oil changing) in a place where oil and grease may wash into the street
- wash the car in the street using detergent
- Participate in a FOSC water quality(WQ) monitoring program, such as Road Salt monitoring, Summer WQ monitoring, or year round WQ monitoring. Other groups have WQ monitoring as well: Maryland DNR Stream Waders, the Audubon Naturalist Society, and the Izaak Walton League Save Our Streams.
- Encourage civic leaders to implement policies that reduce stormwater volumes, sewer leaks, nutrients, toxic chemicals, and other impediments to water quality. Check the Advocacy page for sample letters.