Polluted runoff is caused by rainfall or irrigation water moving pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, dog feces, and other nasty stuff into streets, storm drains, and eventually into bodies of water. Polluted runoff is a major problem all over the world. You can become part of the solution simply by not using pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers in the first place — and by cleaning up after your dog. Nothing in, nothing out.
The other problem is that when water from your property hits the street, it washes curbside pollution into those same bodies of water. Use water harvesting strategies such as underground percolation chambers and careful watering to keep rainwater on site (see Part III). By inviting water into your soil, it remains on site. And beneficial microorganisms in the soil will break pollutants down so they can't cause environmental problems.
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