Stormwater Runoff Define Problems Solutions Best Management Practices (BMP) Prevent Runoff Vegetative Cover -Alternative Groundcovers Reduce Pollutants -Fertilizer -Pesticides. Reduce Stormwater Runoff. Author: Rebecca McNair Edited by: Allison Steele.
Intensity of land use
Amount of impervious surfaces
Water quality degradation
Nonpoint source pollution Sources of pollution that can not be pinpointed to any single cause. Usually associated with trash, car oil, chemical lawn products, and other residues that are easily carried away by flowing water.
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Lowered water quality
Regardless of the type of property you own, you can help preserve Florida’s natural resources by:
Keep rain and irrigation water on your property and out of storm drains.
for walkways, patios, and driveways
If downspouts drain to planted areas, be sure to select plants adapted to periodic flooding.
If your property is sloped, you may want to make minor grade changes to divert runoff. This can be accomplished by:
Terracing can be an attractive design element in your yard.
Planting groundcovers on slopes is an excellent way to:
Turfgrass is a versatile groundcover that is very effective at filtering nutrients.
Sweet potatoIpomea batatas ‘Margarita\'
The following factors should also be taken into account, when choosing the right plant for the right place…
Periwinkle Catharanthus roseus ‘Diva’
Lilyturf Liriope muscari (USDA Zone 6-11)
Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior (USDA Zone 8-11)
Periwinkle Vinca major (USDA Zone 8-11)
Beach Sunflower Helianthus debilis (USDA Zone 8B-11)
Clover Trifolium repens (USDA Zone 5-11)
Perennial Peanut Arachis glabrata (USDA Zone 8-11)
Asiatic Jasmine (USDA Zone 8-11)Trachelospermum asiaticum
Junipers (USDA Zone 8-11)Juniperus spp.
If applied improperly, excess fertilizers can run off our yards into waterways or leach into groundwater.
The following presentation was made possible through a grant from FL DEP and EPA. Special thanks to the following reviewers for their valued contributions:
FL114 ELM Design Team and the FYN Subcommittee
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, UF
Agriculture Education and Communication Department
Environmental Horticulture Department
Entomology and Nematology Department
Soil and Water Sciences Department
Florida Cooperative Extension Service in: Alachua, Broward, Clay, Hillsborough, Lake, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Volusia Counties
Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence
The Center For Wetlands, UF
United States Department of Agriculture
FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences: Division of Plant Industry