LifeStyle Matters: Preventing groundwater pollution
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) —
It's springtime, which means you're out in the yard getting everything green and blooming.
That also means you're using fertilizers and pesticides, which can contaminate our groundwater.
LifeStyle Matters host Marilyn Moore talked with Alan Hofmann, general manager of the Metropolitan Flood Control District, about what we can do to help protect our groundwater.
If you or your gardener fertilize your yard, you may be polluting the groundwater. Inadvertent overwatering leads to chemical contaminants, such as nitrates, flowing into the storm drains. Nitrates from fertilizers are a very soluble pollutant and can quickly reach and potentially pollute our groundwater.
Pesticides make their way into our stormwater collection system in the same way that fertilizer does: using too much and overwatering. If you or your gardener use pesticides, you could be contributing to stormwater pollution without realizing it. Read the label thoroughly before using any pesticide.
Click here to learn more about protecting our groundwater.