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Posted on: August 2, 2018

Pesticides and Our Water Don't Mix

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Green lawns are a sign of summer, but they can come at a health cost. If you’re using synthetic pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides) on your lawn, you may be polluting our waters!

This happens because any pesticide applied to your lawn can be washed off by rain, running into our street storm drains and then our ponds, creeks or groundwater. Pollution control methods such as stormwater ponds are used that slow down and clean up this stormwater. However, these weren’t designed to remove pollutants like pesticides. Since pesticides don’t get removed, it’s important to keep them out of our water in the first place.

So, what can you do to help keep pesticides from getting into our water (and save money doing so)? Here are a few tips:

  1. Only apply pesticides when no rain is forecasted for the next 48 hours.
  2. Focus on spot treatments; zero in on weedy areas instead of applying herbicides all over your lawn. Consider if you can tolerate some weeds.
  3. Buy the smallest amount of pesticides you need to accomplish your task- save money and reduce waste! If you can’t use up your pesticides, keep the labels on and store them so they don’t freeze.
  4. If you do have pesticides that froze or have unreadable labels, don’t put them in the trash! Instead, bring them to the Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (763-324-3400).
  5. Consider alternatives to pesticides such as hand-pulling weeds. You could even go all natural- the Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education (EAGLE) has a great overview of natural lawn care basics (www.eagleaction.wordpress.com).

For more information, contact Britta, Coon Creek Watershed District, at 763-755-0975 or at bdornfeld@cooncreekwd.org. Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Health via the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

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