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Fertilizing Common Areas 
Lawn fertilizers contain nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous that help your grass and plants grow. When these nutrients are applied in excess, they can run-off of leach into nearby streams and rivers. Excess nutrients in streams and rivers can negatively impact aquatic life. Algae blooms resulting from excess nutrients block out sunlight and remove oxygen for aquatic organisms and plants. 

What Can Communities Do?
Communities can avoid these impacts by developing a nutrient management plan for their common area, which will help to establish good turf management practices. Nutrient management plans will help to reduce excessive fertilizer application from being discharged into local waterways. 

Interested communities should contact a Certified Nutrient Management Planner for assistance or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Loudoun County at (703) 777-0373 to learn more. 

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Reduce Runoff 
Runoff is precipitation that does not evaporate or soak into the ground but flows across the land into waterways becoming a transporter of non-point source pollutants. 

There are several ways communities can help reduce runoff from impacting local waterways and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Runoff reduction measures can be established at individual homes or as a larger community project.  

What Can Communities Do?
Potential projects that can help reduce runoff may include: 

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Tree Plantings 
Planting trees is a fun and productive way to protect our local waters and the Chesapeake Bay from the impact of runoff by: promoting soil infiltration, slowing water down, absorbing water, binding of the soil, stabilizing stream banks, and filtering of pollutants. 

What Can Communities Do?
Individuals that want to support tree plantings in the county or their community can help by volunteering time at a local tree planting event, or by encouraging tree plantings in their communities. 

Contact the Loudoun Soil & Water and Conservation District at (571) 918-4530 to learn more about assistance opportunities for converting turf grass to forest and streamside tree plantings.

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