Keep It Clean

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The We All Live Downstream program offers simple steps you can take at home to  prevent water pollution .


Take a Tour

Watershed Signage

Signage installed at Griggs, O'Shaughnessy & Hoover Reservoirs invites park visitors to  take a self-guided tour along the shoreline & learn about the green infrastructure installed there.

Rain gardens, porous pavement & more can improve the quality of storm water entering the reservoirs that supply our drinking water.

Non-point Source Pollution

Stormwater Runoff

Protect our Waterways
Illustration Courtesy of NCDENR

Dispose of Yard Waste Properly, Including Pet Waste

Pet Waste SignageYard waste must be properly prepared and placed for collection. Leaves swept into the curb will not be collected in Columbus. Dumping yard waste into storm drains or waterways adds excess nutrients to the water, can clog the drains and contribute to roadway flooding; and it is illegal.

The Com-Til Compost Facilty accepts yard waste free of charge, year round. View the Yard Waste Disposal feature below for additional details and disposal options. Better yet, compost & mulch yard waste - more info below.

Animal waste contributes to surface and ground water bacteria, so it is important to remove pet waste from your yard and pick up after him at the park, or wherever he goes when you're out walking. Place it in the trash, bagged, or flush smaller quantities down the toilet. 

Recycle Yard WasteCompost & Mulch Yard Waste
When mowing the lawn, use the mulching feature rather than bagging the clippings. Returning grass clippings to the yard keeps your lawn healthy and saves space in the landfill. In fact, the clippings contain valuable nutrients that can generate up to 25% of your lawn's total fertilizer needs. Grass clippings do not contribute to thatch since they are 75 - 85% water and decompose readily.

Build healthy soil by recycling organic material for plant growth. Leaves, grass clippings, weeds, prunings, dead flowers and ash from burnt wood can be composted...not only to reduce yard waste, but to nourish your landscaping. Composted materials provide important nutrients for soil and plants. More about Backyard Composting (includes instruction and troubleshooting tips). For more information on composting, call 645-3153.