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How Can You Be Actively Involved in Stormwater Management


  • Manage all outdoor chemical waste with care. Proper storage is imperative.
  • Look for safer alternatives use in place of chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, etc.
    • One example of an organic pesticide can be found here.

  • Manage automotive waste.
    • There are some businesses that will accept used auto fluids. A list of these can be found here.
  • Don’t wash your car at home, use a car wash!

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are just one of many ways to use green infrastructure allowing you to collect and reuse rainwater. See how to make your own rain barrel here.

For more information on Rain Barrels visit www.bggreensource.org

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are another type of green infrastructure in which rain water can be filtered.

For more information about rain gardens, please visit http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/rain-garden-landscaping/69616.html. Please keep in mind, this is just one example of many, and you may find one that suits your needs.

Green Infrastructure Wizard

GIWiz offers you access to a repository of EPA-sourced Green Infrastructure tools and resources designed to support and promote sustainable water management and community planning decisions. The tools and resources available through GIWiz will help you analyze problems, understand management options, calculate design parameters, analyze costs and benefits, evaluate tradeoffs, engage stakeholders, and/or develop education and outreach campaigns. GIWiz is made possible through a cross-agency collaboration involving EPA's Office of Research and Development, Office of Policy, Office of Water, and Regional staff.