Limit the Amount of Storm Water Runoff from your Property
Storm water runoff is one of the major pollutants to Oyster Pond. Storm water coming off roof tops, driveways, gardens and streets picks up a variety of contaminants. It is a nasty brew of salt, automotive chemicals, metals, grease, garden chemicals, animal waste, dust and dirt that flows unimpeded into the pond. Contaminants harm fish and other aquatic life and increase nutrient levels. Sediments carried in storm runoff can smother aquatic life, clog fish gills, and cut off the light needed by underwater plants. If each property owner limited storm water runoff from their property this would limit the amount of this toxic brew entering our Pond.
How: Divert rain gutters from paved surfaces to grass or other vegetated areas. Install a rain barrel to collect precipitation. Replace impervious surfaces such as concrete with brick or paving stones that allow precipitation to run between pavers. Reduce the amount of lawn and replace with trees and other vegetation that absorb more precipitation. Install gravel trenches along your driveway to collect runoff or consider installing a rain garden to collect runoff from your site. See more information on our Stormwater page.