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TipS for Applying DEicing Products


Citizens and businesses use deicing products on walkways and parking areas to help protect people from potential slips and falls.  However, deicing products have an impact on the environment.  It is very important to clean up excessive spills when applying the product and sweeping up any residual materials after the snow is gone.  Here are some useful tips and practices.    


Citizens can take action and change habits in their daily practices to help protect, restore and preserve the quality of our local streams and waterways.  These activities will help safeguard the water quality and reduce the pollution in our streams, creeks and rivers which eventually flow to the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
Discover ways you can help:   
Helpful Tips:
Here are some tips that you can adopt and practice daily to help protect our planet.  A healthy environment starts with you!
  • Pick up after your pets  -- their waste adds unwanted bacteria to our drinking water supply
  • Control runoff and prevent erosion from your property to protect local creeks, streams and rivers
  • Reduce pollutants and nutrients from washing off your lawn
  • Fertilize properly
  • Conserve water resources
  • Grow groundcover and plants to reduce run off from your property
  • Sweep and dispose of materials properly so they don't wash into storm drains
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly
  • Look for alternatives to potentially hazardous materials
  • Prevent litter -- pick up litter, use a litter bag in your car and boat and cover trash so it cannot blow about or be picked up by animals
  • Report illicit discharge and illegal dumping into storm drains
  • Compost yard waste at home or bring to the County compost facilities
  • Leave grass clipping on the lawn after mowing as a natural fertilizer
  • Plant native species and consider groundcover and native grasses for your lawn
  • Reduce, reuse . . . then recycle
  • Erase graffiti from our community
  • Reduce your drive time by combining errands and planning trips
  • Carpool or walk when possible
  • Reduce use of oil-based products and gasoline powered devices

Please don't blow or rake your leaves into the neighborhood storm drain.  It is that rectangular opening in the curb.  It does not go to a local water treatment plant.  It instead flows directly to local creeks and streams.  The leaves and organic plant waste from your yard add harmful nutrients that can reduce oxygen in the water.  This is bad for the living creatures and plants in the water.  The leaves and plant waste may also carry excess fertilizers and chemicals that you may spread this fall to help your lawn next spring.  Fertilizers can encourage the growth of algae, which can also be harmful to other water plants and animals.  To learn more, please visit 

For ideas on how to create compost using your leaves, grass clippings and yard waste, please visit:  You can also drop off leaves for composting at the county landfill or compost facility, learn more at




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