Reduce Stormwater and Pollutants

Keep creeks clean and take advantage of natural irrigation by creating ways for rainwater runoff to soak into the ground.

Reduce Stormwater and Pollutants module presented by Dr. Andrea Ludwig, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist.

Take these actions and be awarded “Inches” towards your Tennessee Smart Yard:

  • Disconnect downspouts, directing them onto a lawn or garden rather than into drainage channels or onto impervious surfaces. Value: 2 inches
  • Build a rain garden to catch and filter stormwater runoff. Value: 3 inches
  • Use permeable surfaces for hardscapes such as driveways, walkways or patios. Value: 3 inches
  • Practice good housekeeping. (e.g., sweep impervious surfaces, “scoop the poop,” wash your car on the lawn instead of on your drive) Value: 2 inches