…polluted runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Northern Virginia? That’s right, the very same rain that washes streets, yards, and parking lots clean is sending chemicals, bacteria, and trash down the drain and into the local creeks where our kids play and fish and animals live! That’s the bad news. But the good news is that if we work together, we can clean it up! The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners have prepared this website to help you make choices that will protect and benefit both people and the environment.

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Activities of the Clean Water Partners are managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission on their behalf.

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Top Tips to Reduce Pollution and Runoff

Limit the Use of Fertilizers: Test your soil before fertilizing to learn what nutrients are needed and fertilize just in the fall. In this way, you can ensure that spring rains don’t wash excess nutrients (and your money) down the drain and into the local creek.

Add Compost to Your Soil: Compost helps to create a rich soil amendment for your lawn and garden. Make your own compost with  and reduces the amount of organic kitchen, garden or yard waste being disposed.

Plant Native Plants: Convert some of your lawn to native plants, known as a conservation landscape. Native plants such as shrubs and trees will absorb more runoff than the grass, help improve water quality, and can benefit wildlife.

Dispose of Hazardous Waste at Your Locality’s Drop-off Center: Each locality has a hazardous waste drop-off center. Check with your locality’s website to see which items should be taken to the drop-off and which can be put into the trash. Remind contractors never to wash or dump anything in a storm drain or street.

Take Your Car to a Commercial Car Wash: Commercial car washes are regulated and send their water to a waste water treatment plant.

Pick Up After Your Pet: Where ever the poop falls, pick it up and put it in the trash.

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