Keep Montana Waterways Clean this Spring!
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation, such as snowmelt, can’t be absorbed as it flows over impervious surfaces (roads, sidewalks, etc.). It can be problematic when it picks up debris, chemicals and other pollutants; as it carries them into waterways. This includes Montana’s lakes, streams and sources that provide our drinking water.
As temperatures warm this spring, you can follow these tips to help protect Montana waterways:
- Dispose of all trash appropriately. Debris such as plastic bags or rings can be deadly to Montana’s aquatic life.
- Regularly maintain and check your vehicle or other equipment for chemical leaks. Oil, antifreeze, gasoline, and other substances are toxic to animals, plants and people.
- Safely dispose of products such as household cleaning chemicals and pesticides to prevent them from contaminating waterways.
- Pick up after pets and properly dispose of any waste.