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BEYOND THE OBVIOUS: What can you do to reduce nonpoint source pollution?

Nonpoint source pollution finds its way into water from many different sources. Here are some ways that your family can make a difference:


Manage your household waste

  • Around the house or around town, pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Dispose of your garbage properly and recycle when possible (consult your local phone directory for pick-up or drop-off locations).
  • Dispose of pharmaceuticals (prescription drugs) properly. Proper Disposal of Medicines

Maintain your septic system 


Buy and use products responsibly

  • Purchase only non-toxic products including water-based products.
  • Dispose of chemcials properly according to product instructions.
  • Do not dump excess chemicals into storm drains.  Take them to a hazardous waste center (call your county government for locations).


Maintain vehicles 

  • When washing your car use a commerical car wash which recycles water and does not directly discharge into water sources.
  • If you must wash your car at home, do so on the lawn where soapy water can filter into the ground water rather than running along hardened surfaces into water sources.
  • Keep your car functioning properly to avoid leaks and spills.
  • Dispose of oils and grease properly at a garage or auto parts store. 


Practice smart yard maintenance   

  • Avoid excess evaporation by not watering lawns between 10 am and 6 pm.
  • Avoid over-watering lawns which leads to increased runoff of pollutants.
  • Avoid using excessive fertilizers and pesticides in the yard; don't fertilize prior to a rainstorm; and seek natural alternatives to fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Where possible, compost organic yard waste including lawn clippings to return natural nutrients to the soil.


Use river friendly landscaping

  • Plant native grasses that require less water.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and ground cover, and use straw bales or retaining walls to decrease the amount of erosion around your home.
  • Reduce the amount of impervious surfaces by using wood chips, stones, or gravel rather than concrete for walkways and decks.
  • Protect existing trees and shrubs as they encourage infiltration of water into the ground and discourage erosion along river banks.


Report illegal dumping or unusual river conditions

  • Report any changes in river color or odor.
  • Report any unusual looking substances.
  • Report any illegal dumping activity.

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Interested in Testing Your Drinking Water?

Water Testing Options:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 
Denver, Colorado 
(303) 692-3048 

Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District
Aspen, Colorado 
(970) 925-7262 ext.109




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