What Can You Do?

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You can help preserve our coastal waters by reducing your own personal nutrient footprint. Here are some of the things you can do to make a difference:

1. Fertilize Responsibly

Fertilize Responsibly

  • Follow the Fertilizer Ordinance (Use Nitrogen -limited/slow release products)
  • Don’t fertilize in the summer (Rainy Season)
  • Don’t fertilize within 10 feet of a waterway
  • Keep grass cuttings on your lawn and out of storm drains and waterways
  • Create compost and use less fertilizer
  • Create a chemical-filtering no-mow zone around bodies of water

2. Keep Storm Drains Clean

Keep leaves out of drains

3. Pick Up after your pet

Pick up after your pet

4. Use less water

  • Direct your sprinklers onto the grass, not the sidewalk or street
  • Use a rain gauge with your irrigation system
  • Don’t irrigate during or after a rain event
  • Check the flapper valves in your toilets
  • Let your dishwasher do the work
  • Don’t run the water when you brush your teeth
  • Take shorter showers

5. Minimize runoff from your yard

Minimize runoff from your yard

  • Direct downspouts into the lawn or plant beds
  • Use permeable paving for driveways and walkways

6. Dispose of kitchen waste responsibly

Dispose of kitchen waste responsibly

  • Keep cooking oils and fats out of your sink drain
  • They accumulate and block up your plumbing and the sewer pipes
  • Blockages in the sewer can cause spills that end up in our waterways

7. Dispose of bathroom waste responsibly

Dispose of bathroom waste responsibly

  • Only put toilet paper into your toilet
  • Other items like tissues and wipes can clog up pipes

8. Use less electricity

Use less electricity

  • Turn off the lights and TV when you leave the room
  • Switch to LED Lighting
  • Install rooftop solar panels for water and pool heating

9. Soften your shoreline

Soften your shoreline

  • Consider a living seawall when it’s time for replacement
  • Add a mangrove facing for your existing seawall

10. Install a mini reef under your dock

Install a mini reef under your dock

  • Creates habitat for water-filtering sea life like sea squirts, crabs and oysters
  • Reef inhabitants attract a wide variety of fish that feed on the reef
  • Filters 30,000 gallons of sea water a day
  • Durable: lasts 15 years or more
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Tax deductible: 50%
  • Cost: $250 per unit /signify START 10 when ordering for 10% discount to $225 per unit
  • Order at 1-800-674-2593

Practicing these nutrient reducing/water saving measures in your every day life will reduce your nutrient footprint and help preserve our coastal waters.