What Stormwater Is
Stormwater is any water that flows overland when it rains. It enters storm drains and local waterways like streams, creeks, and ponds. Other types of water that enter the storm drains or flows overland and into local waterways have the potential to affect the quality of our stormwater.
Report a Stormwater Problem
You may be surprised by the things that can become pollutants if they find their way into storm drains, sewers, and creeks. The following can all be damaging:
- Animal waste
- Motor oil
- Soapy water from washing cars
- Yard clippings
If you see or suspect there is a stormwater pollution problem in your neighborhood, please report it by using our ONLINE FORM
Fertilizer can become a huge problem for our lakes, rivers, and streams. If you use too much or apply at the wrong time it can wash away into our storm drains and waterways. Phosphorous in fertilizers gets carried into lakes and rivers and can result in the growth of algae which causes problems with boating, fishing, and swimming. It also steals oxygen from the water and kills the wildlife.
Here are some tips and questions you need to ask before fertilizing this year.
What type of grass? Different grasses need different fertilizers. It also depends on where you live and what soil you have.
When? How often? Twice a year is usually the standard. Many people follow the early spring starter followed by a mid-season application. To avoid runoff going into our drains do not fertilize before it rains.
Do I even need to? A soil test is the best way to determine if you need to fertilize. These tests determine the amount of nutrients in your lawn. Soil tests should be done every three years.
How to select a good one? Select based on your soil test results but remember that lawns in Texas usually have more than enough phosphorus and potassium, so phosphorus free fertilizer is best and is the best solution for cutting down on pollution.
What happens if I don’t? Like people, lawns must have the right supply of minerals and nutrients. If they don’t they will have diseases, insects, weeds and become thinned out gradually. This could cause more storm water runoff, erosion, and soil loss.
We can all benefit from keeping our water clean. Clean water provides recreation, fish habitats, drinking water and gorgeous landscapes. Together we can help Keep White Settlement Beautiful.