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What comes off your lawn could end up in your oysters...

All the runoff from the house and lawn flows directly to the beach. Mimimize the use of lawn chemicals. Keep or install native shrubs above bulkheads, beaches, and bluffs.

Pollutants Flow Into The Sound

As it flows across the land, rainwater can pick up a nasty assortment of pollutants - oil or grease from roads and driveways, chemicals from gardens and lawns, and even waste from dogs, cats and other pets. The now-contaminated water can be harmful to marine plants and wildlife and make waters unhealthy for swimming. People eating fish and shellfish from the polluted waters can get sick.

Prevent Pollution

  • Keep your car well maintained. Regular tune-ups help prevent leaks.
  • Clean up after your pet. Properly dispose of droppings in your trash.
  • Minimize use of lawn chemicals and pesticides.
  • Wash your car or boat on a lawn, not on pavement, using a mild, phosphate-free soap; or visit a professional car wash, where soapy water is recycled.
  • Maintain a healthy buffer strip of native woody plants along the edge of bluffs and beaches. A buffer serves as a filter, slowing runoff, capturing particles and pollutants before they enter the Sound. Plant roots also help stabilize soil.
  • Follow the suggestions for landscaping.

Related Links

Pesticides Detected in Urban Streams in King County, Washington, USGS. Pesticides used on lawns and gardens contribute to the occurrence of several pesticides in urban streams.  

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