Polluted runoff is the main source of water pollution in the United States. Things you put on the ground, such as fertilizers, pesticides, pet waste, and chemicals, mix with rainwater (or the water from your sprinkler!) and are carried into the Sound. Even if you do not live by the Sound, you affect it. Did you know those storm drains in your neighborhood lead to Long Island Sound? Read below for ways that you can do your part to protect and restore Long Island Sound.
Remember, when it comes to fertilizer, more is not better. Plants can only absorb a certain amount of nutrients. Excess fertilizer that is not absorbed by your lawn or garden will be carried away with the rain and end up in Long Island Sound!
Pesticides can be washed off your property and carried into Long Island Sound. Eliminate or reduce the amount of pesticides that are used on your property.
Your lawn and most plants are happy with one inch of water per week, so invest in a rain gauge and don’t overwater!
Using Sound-friendly landscaping techniques, planting trees and native plants, and keeping your lawn healthy are great ways to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that comes from your property.
Remember, those storm drains lead to Long Island Sound! Even if you do not live close to Long Island Sound, your actions affect it. The storm drains in your neighborhood flows to Long Island Sound!
There are many simple ways that you can reduce the amount of runoff that comes from your property.
Wildlife—whether squirrels, birds, butterflies, or bugs—need habitat to survive. Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20 acre farm, you can create an area that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas.
The osprey, a fish-hunting bird in the same family as hawks and eagles, returns to Long Island Sound each spring to nest. Ospreys are an environmentalist’s success story, since their numbers are increasing after a population crash from the effects of the pesticide DDT and a loss of marsh habitat where they nest.