It's amazing how much we influence
stormwater and never even realize it. The Maine DEP estimates that between 40 — 70% of rain and snow melt that
falls on the average Maine residential lot runs off! That means that up
to 70% of the rain is leaving your property as well as everyone else's
property as stormwater, and its hurting our lakes, rivers, streams, and
estuaries. Everyone has a role to play in helping to protect clean
Reduce the amount of water that
leaves your property
The best way to prevent stormwater
pollution is to minimize the amount of runoff. If less rain leaves your
property, there is that much less water that can become polluted along
the way. This is a preventative measure to stormwater pollution that has
benefits to you. For example, it reduces maintenance cost for roads,
driveways, and ditches, as well as reduces utility bills if the
rainwater is harnessed as a means of watering lawns and gardens.
Runoff Reduction Tips:
Direct water off your driveway
onto vegetated areas.
Plant a rain garden.
Direct roof downspouts into
vegetated areas or into a rain barrel for reuse later.
Reduce the amount of lawn by
planting trees and shrubs, which are more effective in soaking up
the rainwater before it leaves your property as runoff.
Make your home the solution to
stormwater pollution. Follow the links to the left to learn more
about how you can reduce runoff on your property.
Jada Fitch Illustration
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