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Toxic algae is a growing issue throughout Southwest Florida. Pollutants from industrial dumping, improper septic maintenance, municipal water treatment facility leaks and other residential causes are contributing to the growing toxic algae issues in canals, rivers and lakes throughout the state of Florida. A significant portion of these pollutants come from your backyard. In our last blog, we discussed some of the causes of toxic algae growth. Read on and learn more about how you can help decrease your foot print on our waterways. Fertilizer Waste Runoff from the fertilizer you use on your lawn could be an additional source of pollution that contributes to the growth of toxic algae. What can you do to help? During the summer months, rain often provides your lawn with the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. Making sure you use the proper amount of fertilizer on your lawn during rainy season will go a long way towards reducing your impact on Southwest Florida waterways. Going a Step Further Those with more land, or farmers who fertilize their crops can benefit greatly from using the proper amount of fertilizer when caring for their land. Knowing exactly how much fertilizer your land requires through soil testing and applying fertilizer to the roots only will save farmers thousands of dollars annually while also saving our environment. Septic Maintenance Septic Maintenance in Southwest Florida and throughout the state is key to preventing residential sewage leaks into the groundwater and waterways. A septic tank pump-out can range from $250 to $500 and is only required every 3 to 5 years. Proper maintenance of your septic system can mean a long lasting, more efficient septic tank and cleaner waterways in your neighborhood. These steps are just the beginning of many actions that should be taken to prevent pollution in Florida waterways. Septic system maintenance is one of the most important steps to reduce the potential for high levels of toxic algae in our ecosystem. Crews Environmental would like to help you be part of the solution. Click here to get a $25 coupon for your septic tank pump out.