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Additional Resources

Federal Government Sources:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)

U.S. EPA National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits

U.S. EPA’s Stormwater Program

Household Hazardous Waste

Once we really start looking around our houses, the amount of hazardous materials we have on site is a real eye-opener.  Oil-based paints and stains, paint thinner, gasoline, charcoal starter fluid, cleaners, waxes, pesticides, fingernail polish remover, and wood preservatives are just a few that most of us have around the house.

Swimming Pool & Spa Cleaning and Maintenance

Despite the fact that we immerse ourselves in it, the water from pools and spas is far from chemically clean.  Nutrients, pH, and chlorine can adversely affect fish and wildlife in waterbodies.  Following these Best Management Practices will ensure the cleanliness of your pool and the environment.

Yard Maintenance and Gardening

This section deals with the normal yard maintenance activities we all perform at our homes.  Overwatering, overfertilizing, improper herbicide application and improper disposal of trimmings and clippings can all contribute to serious water pollution problems.  Following the Best Management Practices listed below will help alleviate pollutant runoff.  For more information about yard maintenance and gardening, contact your local County Extension Service or the Soil and Water Conservation District by clicking »


Composting is an earth-friendly activity as long as some common sense rules outlined below are followed.  If you choose to compost, the following Best Management Practices should be utilized. For more information about composting, contact your local County Extension Service or the Soil and Water Conservation District, which are listed here.

Storage of Solid Wastes and Food Wastes

Improper storage of food and solid waste at residences can lead not only to water pollution problems, but problems with neighborhood pets and vermin as well.  Following the Best Management Practices listed below can help keep your property a clean and healthy place to live.

Automobile Maintenance

Many of us are “weekend mechanics”.  We enjoy the cost savings of changing our own oil and antifreeze, topping off the battery with water, and generally making our car perform its best.  There are many potentials for stormwater pollution associated with these activities.  However, the following Best Management Practices will help you minimize pollution while servicing your car.

Automobile Washing

Most residents wash their cars in the driveway or on the street.  Washwaters typically flow to a storm drain or ditch, which discharges stormwater directly to the nearest stream, river, lake or waterbody.  Soaps and detergents, even the biodegradable ones, can have immediate and long-term effects on fish and wildlife living in water bodies.  The grime washed off the car also contains a variety of pollutants that can harm fish and wildlife.

Demolition Program

Photo: Demolition

Let’s say you have a building that is no longer usable. You want to get rid of it and build something new.  If it is located in the Urban Renewal District then the Pendleton Development Commission may pay for demolition costs, based on the availability of funds, if you satisfy certain conditions.