Suggestions for helping Sligo’s water quality, organized in 4 sections: Home, Street, Car, and Community.
In general, only rainwater should go down the street stormdrains!
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
use 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
Soil pollution entering Sligo Creek tributary
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
Coliform bacterial plate of water quality sample, such as from pet waste
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
Detergent suds discharging into the Creek
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.