reach creeks and rivers through storm drains and household drains
- When you apply a pesticide or fertilizer outdoors, some of the
material may move
to other locations.
- Storm drains are frequently located in streets. Rain and runoff
from garden and lawn irrigation runs down the streets through gutters
into the storm drains. In most California cities,
the runoff flows through pipes directly into our creeks, rivers,
- Sewers run from drains within the home and carry wastewater from
toilets, sinks, and showers to treatment plants.
treatment plants do not detoxify pesticides
- While wastewater treatment plants send incoming wastewater through
a thorough treatment and disinfectant process before releasing
water into the river, they do not actually detoxify pesticides,
thus sending residue into our waterways.
How to avoid
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Illustration by Celeste Rusconi