Freddy the Fish teaches kids about what happens to rain after it hits the ground, where storm drains lead to, and what we can do to help prevent water pollution. While this video may be intended for younger children, we could all learn a thing or two from Freddy the Fish.
When you use fertilizer or pesticides, the chemicals that are not absorbed into the ground get carried off of your property the next time it rains (or when your irrigation is watering past the point of runoff). These chemicals, bacteria-filled pet waste, and other things like grass clippings get carried down the street, into a storm drain, and into the nearest stream, river, and eventually lake - which is where our water supply comes from. Decomposing grass clippings alter the oxygen levels in the water, which makes it difficult - sometimes even impossible - for fish and other wildlife to survive.
Being careful to not overwater your landscaping has numerous benefits: the obvious benefits of saving water, saving money, and promoting a healthy root system, and the less obvious benefit of preventing pollution from getting into our streams and lakes. With the winter weather here, you should only need to water your grass if the soil is dry on the top six inches. A good layer of mulch and hand watering your plants before a cold snap will also help protect the roots from the cold and give the plants the opportunity to replace the moisture pulled from them by the dry wind. When watering, keep it on the lawn and take note from Freddy the Fish, “Only rain down the storm drain.”