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What can I do at home to control sediment?

  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them off. Washing these areas results in sediment and other pollutants running off into streams, rivers and lakes.
  • Use weed-free mulch when reseeding bare spots on your lawn, and use a straw erosion control blanket if restarting or tilling a lawn.
  • Notify local government officials when you see sediment entering streets or streams near a construction site.
  • Put compost or weed-free mulch on your garden to help keep soil from washing away.
  • Avoid mowing within 10 to 25 feet from the edge of a stream or creek. This will create a safe buffer zone that will help minimize erosion and naturally filter stormwater runoff that may contain sediment.
  • Either wash your car at a commercial car wash or on a surface that absorbs water, such as grass or gravel.