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What You Can Do to Soak Up the Rain

The next time it rains, grab your umbrella and take a walk. Watch where the rain goes.

Does it soak into the ground?
Does it flow across a lawn?
Does a downspout send it down a driveway or parking lot to the street and down a storm drain?
Where does the rain go?

What can you do to reduce the runoff from your property?

More Information

New Hampshire Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management, Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions For Your Home, Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire, March 2016 (PDF) (66 pp, 4 MB, About PDF) Exit
Manual describes the sources of stormwater pollution and how it impacts our local waters, and provides instructions on how to choose and install a practice that can help soak up the rain and reduce runoff.

Residents, Think Blue Massachusetts Exit
Tips on how residents can do their part to help prevent stormwater pollution.

Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions Exit
Understanding the problem and the actions we can take around our home and landscape to reduce runoff and prevent pollution.

Bay-Friendly Backyards, Save the Bay (PDF) (10 pp, 10.8 MB, About PDF) Exit
Steps we can take to reduce runoff and pollution resulting from our landscapes.

Rethink Runoff, Chittendon County Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Exit
Read about green infrastructure opportunities around the home and find science experiments for children and other resources about the Lake Champlain Basin.

Solutions, Reducerunoff.org, Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound
Information about the problem of stormwater runoff and the different green infrastructure solutions for reducing runoff.

Jersey Friendly Yards, Landscaping for a Healthy Environment, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Barnegat Bay Partnership Exit
Find information on how to reduce runoff and pollution from your landscape.
Try the Interactive Yard to learn about the concepts.

What You Can Do, Nutrient Pollution, U.S. EPA
Runoff is one of the primary sources of the nitrogen and phosphorus causing nutrient pollution. Information about the steps you can take around your home to soak up the rain and reduce nutrient pollution.

What You Can Do, Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution, U.S. EPA
Steps you can take around your home and community to reduce polluted runoff

For more information about the problem of stormwater and why we need to soak up the rain

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