We encourage landowners to practice backyard conservation to minimize storm water runoff and runoff pollution, provide wildlife habitat, and improve soil health and landscaping aesthetics.

Runoff from rainwater and snowmelt enter storm drains, carrying pollutants from lawn fertilizers, pesticides and vehicle fluids directly to ditches, streams and rivers. With the amount of impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots) increasing, storm water can cause serious property damage and flooding.

Common backyard conservation practices include: rain gardens, rain barrels or cisterns, native plantings, mulching, drip irrigation, pervious surfaces, dry streambeds, appropriate use of landscaping chemicals, soil testing, integrated pest management, streamside buffers, composting and green roofs.

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Helpful Tips

If you see anyone putting anything down a storm drain or into a ditch, stream or river, call your local police non-emergency number.

Chemical or petroleum pollution: call the Ohio EPA 24-hour hotline, (800) 282-9378

Sewage-related pollution: Call the Franklin County Public Health 24-hour hotline, (614) 525-3965, or report a problem online.

Agriculture or manure-related pollution: Call Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, (614) 486-9613 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also contact us about any non-emergency water pollution and we will contact the appropriate agency.

Thanks to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, you can download an app to your mobile device that allows your to report water pollution. You can geo-locate the pollution site and send a photograph. The notice comes to us. Find the “Franklin County” app at the iTunes store or at Google Play.

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