Florida Yards &
FYN Principle #8 -
Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Whether we live on the water or not, everything that we do in our yard has a
major impact on the health of our water supply. Our sandy, quick-draining soils
quickly lead directly to the subsurface aquifers that supply us with our water.
There are a number of things that you can do to protect our water supply for
yourself and generations to come:
Direct downspouts and gutters to drain onto the
lawn, plant beds or any other porous surface.
Plant groundcovers where grass will not thrive
(on steep slopes, for example) to reduce erosion.
Create swales (low areas) and berms (raised
earthen areas) to control runoff.
Use rain barrels and cisterns to collect
rainwater that can be reused on the landscape.
Promptly clean up any chemical or oil spills and
pet waste so they are not carried into our water supply.
Maximize porous surfaces: mulch, rocks,
groundcovers, etc. versus pavement.