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Summertime is lawn care time but maintaining lawns with synthetic pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides), can pollute water.
This happens because rain can wash off any improperly applied pesticide. The polluted rainwater runs into street storm drains and then water bodies. Pollution control methods, such as stormwater ponds, clean up this water but were not designed to remove pollutants like synthetic pesticides.
Coon Creek Watershed District has a new online resource guide about maintaining lawns that are nice for both homeowners and the environment at CoonCreekWD.org/Lawncare.
Here are some quick tips on how to keep pesticides out of water and save money:
For more information, contact Britta at the Coon Creek Watershed District at 763-755-0975. Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Health via the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.