Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.
- Use organic products (or the least toxic products) available for all projects around your home.
- Avoid spilling oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and paint on paved areas or onto the soil.
- If a chemical spill occurs, clean with rags or absorbent material such as sand or kitty litter. Sweep up absorbents and dispose of in the trash.
- Collect all used oil, antifreeze, and other vehicle fluids in containers with tight fitting lids and recycle at a local service station.
- Dispose of hazardous waste through the local Household Hazardous Waste Program.
- Sweep up all outdoor home repair/construction areas on a regular basis and dispose of debris in the trash.
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks. Never use a hose for cleaning, as the water will wash pollutants into storm drains.
- Pour wash-water or cleaning chemicals down sanitary sinks (or toilets). Never pour anything down a stormdrain.
- Store chemicals in leak proof containers inside a building or shed, or under cover. Do not expose hazardous materials to rainwater.
- Avoid over-salting walkways and driveways in the winter, and use pet friendly ice melt products whenever possible.