Much of the stormwater pollution affecting the Indian River Lagoon is from human contaminants. These can be discarded items (wrappers, cigarette butts, food containers) or chemicals (used motor oil, fertilizer, sewage overflow). In addition to minimizing these pollutants, here are some other ways to help preserve our Indian River Lagoon:
- Divert your downspouts to grassy areas rather than a paved surface to minimize runoff traveling to storm drains.
- Install a rain barrel. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water). Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. Therefore, a rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use, FREE. Find out more information about our rain barrel rebate program if you're interested in purchasing a rain barrel.
It is against the law to fertilize in the City of Cocoa between June 1 and September 30 (Section 22-280). In addition, if you reside on the east side of Indian River Drive, or are within 10 feet of any body of water (pond, stream, lake, etc) you are not permitted to use fertilizer throughout the rest of the year (Section 22-284). You can find the full ordinances at our Municode page.
Keep grass clippings and yard debris out of curbs, the roadway, and away from inlets/stormdrains.
Learn how to establish and maintain a healthy landscape by matching the right plants with existing site conditions. Using Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles will minimize the need for additional resources — such as water, fertilizer, pesticides and labor. For more tips on reducing outdoor water use, visit WaterSense Outdoor. Find more water saving tips at our saving water page.
Always pick up after your pet. Take your walks in grassy areas, parks or undeveloped areas away from storm drains and waterways to avoid any unintentional runoff into the stormwater system.