How to Help Sligo Creek’s Water Quality

Home

Do

  • 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 leaves or 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

Don’t

  • pile sand and soil on areas where it can wash into the stormwater system
  • overuse chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) that could be washed into stormwater from the garden or 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
Maple Ave Silt going into Sligo Creek

Soil pollution entering Sligo Creek tributary

Street
Do

  • pick up litter when you see it
  • clean up pet droppings and dispose of them in the garden, rubbish bins, or in the toilet
Don’t

  • hose dirt off hard surfaces (roads, paths, driveways) into gutters
  • hose leaves and grass clippings into gutter
Bacterial Plate

Coliform bacterial plate of water quality sample

Car

Do

  • 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

Don’t

  • 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
Suds discharge into Sligo Creek

Detergent suds discharging into the Creek

Community
Do

  • Participate in a water quality monitoring program, such as 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.