By Implementing Best Management Practices

you will be taking action to reduce pollution
entering the Storm Drain System (MS4).

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Pet Waste

Pet waste carries billions of bacteria as well as nutrients that harm our waterways. Please do your part and pick it up. See our partners on the hiking trail or volunteer as a doggie ambassador through Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation!

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Garden & Lawn Maintenance

Many activities from landscaping and yard care can contribute various pollutants to the MS4. Organics, nutrients, and yard chemicals are potential pollutants.

  • Do not overwater. Conserve water by using irrigation practices such as drip irrigation, soaker hoses or micro-spray systems.
  • In communities with curbside yard waste recycling, place clippings and pruning waste in approved containers for pickup. Or, take clippings to a landfill that composts yard waste.
  • Do not blow or rake leaves into the street, gutter or storm drains. Use organic or non-toxic fertilizers.
  • Do not over-fertilize and do not fertilize near ditches, streams or other water bodies. Store pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals in a covered area to prevent runoff.
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Rainwater Harvesting

Rain barrels for residential use are legal in Nevada, see NRS 533.027.

Diverting rainwater at home to barrels or a rain garden is a great way to reduce your runoff. See our RainGarden flyer.

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Proper disposal of Household Chemicals

It is critical to dispose of household chemicals and pharmaceuticals properly. Dumping and disposal to the sanitary sewer is illegal! Improper disposal will result in these substances getting into our waterways. Visit NDEP, Waste Management, and other local waste management companies including GreyMar, CleanManagement, and HERO NV for specific information on hazardous waste disposal.


Also, check out the recycle and disposal guide provided by KTMB.


To learn more about proper disposal of household hazardous wastes or the Curbside Recycling Program, call the Recycling Hotline at 800-597-5865, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 784-4848 or 832-4150.


To learn about how to safely and efficiently manage waste, and particularly hazardous waste, in the home, visit the Household Waste Management section of the Environmental Protection Agency website.

Oil dripping on the road from a parked car

Car Maintenance

Oil drips, brake dust, tire wear can all contribute to runoff pollution. A few small steps can reduce impacts from our cars.

  • Prevent oil leaks by keeping your cars well maintained.
  • Clean up any spills right away.
  • Dispose of used fluids and wastes properly.
  • Use a community car wash where the water is treated and recycled.

Click to view our Prevent Local Stormwater Pollution Pamphlet (or, en Español) or find a printed one in business and agency lobbies around town!

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