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