The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared San Francisco Bay, the Delta, and many local creeks polluted by common home and garden pesticides. These pesticides reach our waters through both the sewer and storm drain systems due to normal use and improper disposal. To address this problem, Bay Area water pollution prevention agencies are working to reduce the amount of pesticides entering sewer systems and storm drains. Sales data for the most popular pesticides in the country show that commercial applicators and consumers each account for about 50 percent of sales. So preventing pesticides from entering sewer systems and storm drains will take everyone's help.
The Green Gardener Program educates local gardeners in resource efficient and pollution prevention landscape maintenance practices. The Green Gardener Program is designed to offer education, training, and promotion of participating gardeners and landscape maintenance contractors. For more information, visit the "Green Gardener" tab of this website by clicking here.