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Stormwater Pollution and Yard Waste

Fast Facts:

  • Dumping of leaves and grass into storm drains and creeks is illegal and you could be fined.
  • Yard debris, including leaves, shrubbery trimmings and grass clippings are a significant source of stormwater pollution. Also, this debris can clog culverts, storm drains and pipes, causing flooding.
  • Yard waste can carry fertilizers and pesticides from your yard and pollute streams and ponds.
  • Piles of leaves and grass clippings in a waterway will cause nutrient pollution and oxygen depletion, which can result in fish kills.

Father Nature gives some wise words of advice:

Recycle your lawn"Do not pile leaves or other yard waste near streams or drainage channels where they can blow or wash into creeks. Use designated yard waste collection bags for curbside leaf recycling."

"Do not blow leaves or grass clippings off your property into streets, streams, ponds or drainage swales."

"Recycle grass clippings and their nutrients on your lawn. Use a mulching lawnmower to recycle remaining leaves into your lawn in the fall."

"Compost leaves and grass clippings along with yard waste. Select a location away from streams and ponds."

This project is a partnership between the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Stormwater Management Program.