Make your home the solution to stormwater pollution!

Turning Your Home into the Solution

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Stormwater is the flow of water that immediately results after it rains and is the greatest threat to clean water. By practicing healthy household habits YOU can prevent pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, pet wastes, detergents, automotive fluids, and grass clippings, and other pollutants from entering the waterways of New York.

When it rains, stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, sidewalks, and parking lots on its way to the nearest entrance into the storm sewer system. Unfortunately, stormwater picks up soil, chemicals, and other pollutants. These pollutants are why the Environmental Protection Agency declares that polluted stormwater runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Lake Friendly Living

Howner’s Guide

As one of the residents who use Cayuga Lake as a primary water source or for recreation, you can make a difference in the water quality of the lake. The Cayuga Lake watershed encompasses approximately 785 square miles where storm water runoff moves into the lake and impacts its water quality. Residential properties generate part of that runoff.

Steps you can take