Instead of concrete driveways and walkways, install low-maintenance “pervious pavers” that let the water flow through into the ground. This greatly reduce the amount of stormwater that ends up in drains and keeps it out of the combined sewer systems and creek.
Pet waste may not be the largest or most toxic pollutant in urban waterways, but it is one of the many little sources of pollution that add up to a big problem. To prevent water pollution, clean up areas near wells, storm drains, ditches and waterways. Always remove waste from areas where children play.
Disconnect your home’s downspouts and let that water sink into my yard. Redirecting the water into the lawn, a garden, or a rain barrel can reduce runoff volume and prevent it flowing directly into the creek. MSD offers a sweet deal of $100 incentive for each downspout they help you disconnect.
Avoid doing laundry or dishes when it rains. We know it’s the most tempting time to wash, but the extra water running from your house into the storm drains (and subsequently, the creek), adds even more water for the stressed system to handle. Waiting to wash can have a big and positive impact!