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If applied inappropriately, pesticides and herbicides can mix with stormwater and result in "non-pests" being killed.  The non-pests that live in our lakes, rivers, and streams can be severely affected by a contaminated environment. Surface runoff of pesticides and herbicides into water bodies changes natural ecosystems by killing or damaging a variety of organisms. They collect and accumulate in the food chain, becoming dangerous to a variety of anmals and other organisms.


If you choose to apply pesticides and herbicides, make sure you read the application instructions and check the weather forecast. Use Integrated Pest Management Principles, or see out natural alternatives to traditional pesticides and herbicides.

Links and Resources

Download the Stormwater SMART Landscaping for Water Quality brochure.

EPA Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Principles

North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Structural Pest Control & Pesticide Division

Pesticide Alternatives (greenscapes.org)

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