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Tips to keep Biscayne Bay clean

Minimize polluted surface water

  • Never allowing discharges to enter any surface waters (including cans, bottles, cleaners, sewage, fertilizers, paper products, paint chips, swimming pool backwash.)
  • Never pour paints, solvents, oils or other hazardous materials down the sink or on the ground because they can affect water quality in the Bay.
  • Don’t flush chemicals, plastic tampon applicators, condoms, etc., especially on board boats!
  • Keep dumpsters away from surface waters
  • Remove boats from water when making repairs
  • Minimize when you fertilize

  • Apply fertilizer more frequently and in smaller applications
  • Choose salt and drought-tolerant plants such as buttonwood, mahogany and live oak that don’t require extensive fertilization and irrigation
  • Select a fertilizer which has at least ¼ of the nitrogen in a slow-release water insoluble form
  • Override the harmful effects of pesticides:
  • Reducing the pesticide use, reduces the chances of harming desirable plant and animal species, our community and Biscayne Bay
  • Plant native South Florida plants such as gumbo limbo, wax myrtle and live oak which are less susceptible to pest invasion
  • Don’t use pesticides as a preventive measure. Monitor insects and allow for natural predators to reduce pest populations.
  • Choose the least toxic pesticides available.
  • Don't be fuelish

    • Automotive leaks mean more gasoline, motor oil, metal parts, etc. in our stormwater runoffs.
    • Maintain your vehicle so leaks are promptly repaired.
    • Recycle motor oil. Call the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-741-4DEP for the recycling location nearest you.
    • Never dump antifreeze or motor oil into storm drains, ditches or on the ground.
    • Be sure to conserve water and use biodegradable, low phosphate soap when washing your car.
    • Carpool and use public transportation whenever possible.

    Put litter in its proper place

  • Garbage is not only unsightly but may cause death to many of the Bay's marine animals. Do not throw any trash into the water.
  • While boating, store trash on board and dispose of it on land.
  • Never dispose of monofilament fishing line in the water.
  • Break or cut loops of six-pack holders to ensure that, if the rings escape into the Bay, it won’t entangle an animal.
  • Don’t dispose of plastics in a sewer system.
  • Avoid using plastic or Styrofoam utensils, containers, straws, etc.
  • Request paper bags instead of plastic. Better yet, when you go shopping, bring your own reusable bag instead.
  • Garbage in our oceans can kill

    When trash is discarded in an irresponsible manner, it can cause tremendous harm to the environment, especially marine ecosystems. Literally billions of pounds of trash are dumped into the world’s oceans every year.

    Learn how you can lend a hand to protect our marine friends.

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    Baynanza is on Apr. 22

    Learn more about Baynanza and the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on April 22.


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