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Posted on: June 19, 2021

Pesticides and Water Don’t Mix

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The grass is growing so it is time to think about your lawn care. If you maintain your lawn with synthetic pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides), you can pollute our water.

This happens because rain can wash off any improperly applied pesticide. The polluted rainwater runs into street storm drains and then waterbodies. Pollution control methods such as stormwater ponds clean up this water but were not designed to remove pollutants like synthetic pesticides.

Coon Creek Watershed District has a new online resource guide about maintaining lawns that are nice for both the homeowner and the environment. Learn more at

Here are some quick tips on how to keep pesticides out of water and save money.

  1. Always follow the pesticide label directions.
  2. Only apply pesticides when it is not windy and no rain is predicted for 48 hours.
  3. Do not use weed and feed products; spot treat weeds instead.
  4. Buy the smallest amount of pesticides needed and try to use them up. Take old or frozen pesticides to the Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

For more information, contact Britta at the Coon Creek Watershed District at 763-755-0975 or visit

Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Health via the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

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