Do Your Part for Cleaner Water and a Healthier Environment
Clean Water Tip #1: Scoop Your Dog’s Poop
You hate stepping in it. And fish hate swimming in it, too! Regularly scoop your dog’s poop from public areas AND your back yard, before it washes into our waterways.
Clean Water Tip #2: Catch Your Rain
Each year Medford City Hall helps residents buy rain barrels at a discounted rate with pick up on a specific date at City Hall. We sold over 175 rain barrels in 2017, and rain barrels are available for order for Spring 2018. Barrels must be ordered by midnight on May 3rd, 2018, and must be picked up on May 9th between 5PM and 7PM from the city hall parking lot. Order your rain barrels here, selecting “Massachusetts” and “Medford”.
Clean Water Tip #3: Test Your Soil and Read Your Fertilizer Labels
Clean Water Tip #4: Bag or Compost Your Grass
You can from the Medford DPW throughout the year. But whatever you do, don’t dump them in a storm drain or leave them on the sidewalk!
When grass clippings decay in your composter, that’s healthy fertilizer. But when they rot in our streams, that’s water pollution!
Clean Water Tip #5: Bag or Compost Your Leaves
There are more ways you can help!
Be aware of illegal dumping.
If you are unsure whether or not that the dumping is illegal, contact the Office of Energy and Environment at (781)393-2137.
To report someone call Medford’s Code Enforcement Agent John Bavusso at (781)393-2507.
The best way to wash your car is to bring it to a professional car wash. These facilities have infrastructure to deal with excess amounts of waste water. If you want to do it at home, try washing your car on your lawn or in a place where the water will flow into a permeable surface. Also try using biodegradable/non-toxic soap or no soap at all.
Wash your car in an environmentally friendly way.
Make your driveway permeable.
Asphalt and/or concrete create an impervious surface, causing an increase in stormwater runoff. Permeable pavers are a great alternative that allows water to seep through the pavement and soak into the ground below. This significantly lowers the amount of stormwater runoff. They come in many different styles — they even come in pavement form! You can also consider using brick, gravel, cobblestones, and natural stone as substitutes for concrete.