Have you met our Stormwater Program mascot, Spot? Spot stars in our video “How to Keep San Bernardino County’s Waterways Clean” that highlights specific water-friendly actions that you can easily adopt in your everyday life. As you may know, stormwater does not go through a special filter to get rid of toxins. With that in mind, this video shows some actions you can take to minimize the contamination of stormwater.
Here are some of the tips that Spot shares in the video:
- Properly disposing of used motor oil and paint. The US EPA estimates that used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water — a years’ supply for 50 people! To make sure used motor oil doesn’t make its way into our waterways, you can recycle it by putting it in a leak-proof container and taking it to a HHW facility. As for paint buckets, simply bring them to the facility in their original container. You can access a list of our County’s recycling facilities here.
- Picking up after your dog and throwing it away in the trash. If you have a dog, one of the easiest ways you can contribute to maintaining a clean stormwater supply is to make sure you pick up after your pet. Pet waste is a major source of water contamination due to the harmful bacteria and parasites it contains that can make its way into our storm drains. Make sure you have waste bags handy on your leash during walks for easy clean up. If you don’t have doggie waste bags (or you’ve ran out), you can claim a free doggie waste bag canister here or enjoy our discount coupons for bag refills.
- Always throwing trash into trash bins and recyclables into recycling bins. Trash is sent to landfills and recyclables are sent to recycling centers. Disposing of these items correctly can prevent them from finding their way into storm drains and eventually the ocean.
By watching the video, you can learn additional best practices from Spot about gardening, pool maintenance, motorhome waste disposal and more.
Which of these tips did you find most helpful? Do you have suggestions on ways San Bernardino County can be more water-friendly? Share with us in the comments below!
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