Residents are asked to take action to protect water and beach quality in the following ways:
  • Conserve water both inside and outside the house.
  • Maintain your septic system and repair it promptly if it fails. (Please see the Septic Systems and Private Wells sections.)
  • Control animal waste so that it doesn't enter the town's storm water system or water bodies.
  • Don't feed the wild geese. The population of Canada geese has become a nuisance and their feces have been implicated in the spread of parasites in surface water.
  • Bring your household hazardous waste to the Hazwaste Collection Center in New Haven, or to our annual collection at Hammonasset State Park in October. (Please see the Hazardous Waste section).
  • Use minimal lawn and garden chemicals and fertilizers. Using more chemicals than necessary is of no value to your lawn, is expensive, and contributes to groundwater pollution. Most lawns can only effectively use 2-3 fertilizer applications per year.
  • Don't put leaves, grass clippings, dirt, or any other materials in the storm drains.
  • Report chemical spills or septic system failures so that appropriate remedial and regulatory action can be taken to alleviate the problem.
  • Control boating and marine waste.
  • Direct rainwater run-off from roof gutters and driveways to gardens and lawns wherever possible.
  • Stay off the sand dunes. Sand dunes serve as erosion protection in coastal areas. They are easily damaged and hard to re-establish.