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Environmental Services
Protect Water Resources
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



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