Sustainable Practices

Much of the stormwater pollution affecting the Indian River Lagoon is from human contaminants. These can be discarded items (wrappers, cigarette butts, food containers) or chemicals (used motor oil, fertilizer, sewage overflow). In addition to minimizing these pollutants, here are some other ways to help preserve our Indian River Lagoon:

  1. Roof runoff
  2. Fertilizer use
  3. lawn care
  4. cleaners & chemicals
  5. Household practices
  • Divert your downspouts to grassy areas rather than a paved surface to minimize runoff traveling to storm drains.
  • Install a rain barrel. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water). Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. Therefore, a rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use, FREE. Find out more information about our rain barrel rebate program if you're interested in purchasing a rain barrel.