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More than 73 different kinds of pesticides have been found in the groundwater we eventually drink.
Why You Should Be Concerned
Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens can cause plant overgrowth that clogs waterways, blocks sunlight and reduces oxygen available to fish and other aquatic life.
Yard clippings and leaves can increase organic loads to streams and can clog storm drains, preventing the passage of stormwater through a curb inlet or grated drain.
What You Can Do
Never blow yard waste (clippings, leaves, fertilizers, etc.) into the streets, sidewalks and driveways or dump into storm inlets, drains or creek banks.
Sweep up and reuse granular lawn care products such as fertilizers that fall on the streets, sidewalks and driveways to prevent it from being washed into the storm drain system.
Use fertilizers and pesticides as directed on the product label and dispose of empty containers properly.
Dispose of yard waste by:
Mulching lawn clippings and leaves into the lawn as fertilizer
Bagging your grass clippings, leaves and other lawn trimmings in biodegradable paper lawn bags and setting next to your trash carts for pick up on your trash day
Raking yard waste into paper bags and dropping them off for composting at the City of McKinney recycling site listed below:
Custer Road Transfer Station
9901 S. Custer Rd (Custer Rd. and S.H. 121)
Plano, TX 75025
The City of McKinney offers
yard waste recycling
pick up and Progressive Waste Solutions offers
bulky item collection
Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains to avoid excess water runoff.
Cover soil piles with tarps and replant bare areas to stop erosion.
When upgrading your lawn, incorporate
to help conserve water.
Report stormwater pollution or dumping of pollutants into stormwater drains by calling 972-547-7350.
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