Congratulations! You have decided to do your part for cleaner local streams and riversâ€¦and therefore the Chesapeake Bay!
West Virginia homeowners are urged to do their part in helping to restore the Chesapeake Bay and West Virginia's streams. Excess nutrients, including those contained in common fertilizer, are a leading cause of water quality problems in the Chesapeake Bay, according to scientists. By making small changes around your home, you can make a big impact on water quality. See the documents posted below for several steps you can take to restore the Bay and local streams.
Specifically regarding excess rain and snow runoff (stormwater): If you live in a town or city in the Potomac Basin of West Virginia, your home and yard, and the buildings and yards around you, can cause a lot of runoff to nearby streams and rivers.
As more land is developed, this runoff is creating more problems for our drinking water and other water resources. It transports fertilizers from our lawns, oil and chemicals from our driveways, and bacteria from our pets' waste and malfunctioning septic systems. The sheer volume of the runoff is a problem, too, because it has such erosive force bearing down on our soils and streambanks. This results in silty, polluted streams, groundwater and wells.
If septic systems aren’t properly maintained, they won’t process waste as they are intended to. This can result in a nasty mess in your home and yard in addition to bacteria and nutrients being discharged into the environment, rather than being properly treated in your septic system and drain field. Here are a few tips on proper septic care!
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