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The city of Orange's Public Education program has been designed to supplement the countywide effort to reach as many local residents and businesses as possible. The city of Orange is committed to minimizing the pollutants that enter its storm drain system. Every resident should know that water that enters the storm drains is not treated and is discharged directly into nearby channels, creeks and ultimately the ocean.

Residential activities such as lawn/landscape irrigation and maintenance, pest control, fertilizer application, exterior cleaning, and other activities have the potential to contribute pollutants to our creeks and channels. As part of the city of Orange's outreach program, the City uses a variety of tools such as brochures, posters, videos, cleanup days, community events, speaking events, bus shelter advertising, public service announcements, and content contribution to countywide websites.  Recent enhancements to our outreach efforts include a focus on over-irrigation, in general terms, but also in response to recent drought regulations and pending State permit requirements.  The countywide effort includes several resources and information on overwateringisout.org, ocgardenfriendly.org, and H2OC.org.  All of these are implemented with the goal of assisting City residents and businesses in their understanding of how they can use easy Best Management Practices to reduce pollutants that enter the storm drain system.

School Children
Through the use of educational
brochures and posters (see below), classroom curriculum, activity books, videos, local events, cleanup days, and community partnerships (Ocean Institute, Children's Water Festival, Chapman University, OC Coastkeeper, Orange County Department of Education, etc.) school age children in Orange are learning about the importance of protecting the environment and water quality.

The educational brochures listed below have been developed for countywide use to help protect water quality. The brochures are free and are available from most City facilities including, City Hall and libraries. The brochures cover a variety of topics and contain information that can be used by residents and businesses to minimize pollutants that enter the storm drains.

Brochures specific to the City of Orange are:

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Home Improvement Projects

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: General Household Tips

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Hardscape Drains

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Landscape and Gardening

City of Orange LIP Section A-5: Municipal Activities - Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Brochures applicable to all of Orange County: http://www.ocwatersheds.com/

The Ocean Begins at Your Front Door

Sewage Spill Reference Guide (Private Property Owner)

BMP Field Guide for Nurseries

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Responsible Pest Control

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Automotive Industry (Automotive Repair, Service, and Sales)

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Business Maintenance

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Concrete and Mortar

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Food Service Industry (Serving dine in and/or take out)

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Home Mechanic Tips

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Mobile Business Practices

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Horse Care (Horse owners or stable owners)

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal (Residential only)

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Pet Care (Pet owners, sitters, groomers, and supply stores)

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Pool Maintenance (Residential or maintenance service provider)

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Projects Using Paint

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution:
Recycle at the Local Used Oil Collection Center

Help Prevent Ocean Pollution: Septic Tank System Maintenance

Home Owner's Guide For Sustainable Water Use (LID)

Posters available for general use are:

Ocean Begins at Your Front Door

Get Your [Cigarette] Butts Out of the Water


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