Meet the Contractor Meeting Invitation - January 11, 2018
The way you landscape your property and care for your lawn can have a big impact on the quality of Fort Wayne's streams, ponds and rivers. Read more....
"Grasscycling" is a practice that will save you time and energy when you mow. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn means no bagging and disposal for you and keeps grass clippings from going to the lawndfill. It also reduces the need to add fertilizer.
Composting is another stormwater friendly lawncare practice is that reduces water pollution, keeps yard debris out o fthe landfill and helps keep grass clippings and other yard waste from clogging storm sewer inlets.
City Utilities offers an environmentally friendly soil amendment/fertilizer type product called biosolids. Made up of cleaned and treated sewage by-products and composted yard waste, biosolids can be used as a compost or top-dressing for lawns and landscaping. The material is available for pick-up at City Utilities Biosolids/Compost Facility at 6202 Lake Avenue.
The best place to wash your car is a commercial car wash. Commercial car washes collect and treat the dirty, soapy water so that it does not go directly into a pond, stream or river. If you must wash your car at home, do so over a lawn or gravel area to be sure the soap and dirt don't flow into a storm sewer. Use biodegradable soaps to wash your vehicle, using as little water as possible. Shut off water while washing your car, or use a trigger nozzle to stop the flow. Remember not to leave your car on the lawn when you have finished washing it.
Grass, leaves, and yard clippings that are repeatedly swept into catch basins can clog the drain, causing flooding and the potential for becoming a breeding ground for rodents and insects. Additionally, when grass and leaves decompose they encourage excessive growth of algae which can deprive fish of adequate oxygen.
Fines and penalties are based on type and amount of illegally discharged material.