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Lake Accotink Park
[ 7500 Accotink Park Road ] [ Springfield, VA 22150 ] [ 703-569-3464 ]

How can I improve the water quality at Lake Accotink?

Lawn Care

  • Use native species that require less water, fertilizer, and pesticide
  • Keep leaves and grass clippings our of the gutters and paved areas
  • Water only when grass looks drake, starts to roll, or footprints stay flat
  • Use soaker hoses
  • Aim sprinklers away from paved surfaces
  • Use a broom to clean surfaces instead of a hose
  • Mulch around trees and plantings

Chemical Care

  • Never apply before an expected rain
  • Follow directions carefully and read cautions
  • Use natural, slow-release fertilizers, low toxicity pest control, water-based products
  • Sweep up spills
  • Only use diazinon when absolutely necessary
  • Don’t pour anything down storm drains, sewers, manholes, or household drains

Car Care

  • Repair oil, transmission, gas, or antifreeze leaks as soon as possible
  • Don’t wash your car too often
  • When washing cars use little soap and wash on a grassy area
  • Recycle use liquids such as oil or antifreeze, or wrap them up well for proper disposal

Community Care

  • Support and follow ordinances that require limitation of soil erosion from construction sites
  • Encourage practices that limit pollution from storm water runoff such as detention ponds
  • Tell public officials about your concerns and interests in helping clean up waters by emphasizing their economic and recreational values
  • Support preservation of wetlands, waterways, and/or environmental corridors
  • Participate in events or groups that support conservation

Other Care

  • Pick up pet wastes and dispose in trash—never down a storm drain or sewer—they contain bacteria and nutrients that could reach streams and lakes
  • Maintain and repair septic systems; schedule licensed pumping every 2-3 years
  • Use the least toxic chemicals possible for any household work and the least amount
  • Direct roof down spouts away from foundations and driveways to areas where the ground can soak up the water

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