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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Keep Pesticides and Fertilizers Out of Our River

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Many folks don't make the connection between the health of the San Diego River and the chemicals they apply to their lawns, gardens and landscaping.

The fact is, rain transports fertilizers and pesticides to the nearest creek or storm drain, and it ends up in the river where it can harm wildlife.

To protect the river's water quality, please do not fertilize your garden or landscaping within three days of a weather forecast predicting rain.  When applying pesticides, follow the manufacturer's directions and use only the amount your plants need.

Unused fertilizer cannot be tossed in the trash.  It must be taken to a household hazardous waste facility.  Call the Waste Management customer service department at (619) 596-5100 to set up an appointment.

Thank you for helping to protect our river.

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