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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 
www.cdphe.state.co.us/lr/Water/Index.htm  
Testing parameters: pH, hardness, nutrients, trace metals, and biological contaminants. 

Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District 
Aspen, Colorado 
(970) 925-7262 ext.109 
www.aspensan.com/lab.html  
Testing parameters: pH, hardness, nutrients, trace metals, and biological contaminants

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service 
Basalt, Colorado 
(970) 927-8800 
www.amerispec.net/service.cfm/Colorado/#134  
Testing parameters: pH, hardness, nutrients, trace metals, and biological contaminants. 

Aspen Waterwise 
Aspen, Colorado 
(970) 925-1914 
www.aspenwaterwiseltd.com  
Testing parameters: pH, hardness, dissolved solids, and Iron. 

Advanced Water Systems 
Carbondale, Colorado 
(970) 963-0229 
Testing parameters: pH, hardness, and Iron.

Water Treatment Decision Guide

Not sure what your results mean? Check out the:
Water Treatment Decision Guide

 

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Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1290
info@roaringfork.org

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200 Basalt Center Circle, Suite 120, Basalt, CO 81621

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