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Pesticides

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Pests are organisms that occur where they are not wanted and cause damage. Pests include some insects, mice and other animals, unwanted plants (weeds), fungi, and microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses

Pesticides…

Household products considered pesticides include:

Why should I care?

When pesticides end up in our lakes and streams, they threaten aquatic life and can impact our drinking water quality. All pesticides are toxic at some level, but each type varies in its toxicity. While some pesticides may not be harmful to humans, they may be fatal for fish and aquatic invertebrates.

How do pesticides end up in our lakes and streams?

Pesticides can enter our waterways via stormwater runoff or outdoor water use. Runoff carrying pesticides into our storm drains or directly into lakes and streams may result in serious impacts to fish and wildlife.

What can I do to help?

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