Why can’t I throw my grass clippings in the creek?

Grass clippings or other yard waste smothers natural vegetation and can add excessive nutrients to the creek. When the yard waste decays it introduces high nutrient levels, which reduces oxygen levels in the water, harming aquatic life in the creek. The material can also float downstream, lodge against trees, and become a major obstruction to stormwater flows. Current State regulations prohibit the discharge, dumping or release of potential pollutants into watercourses. This includes grass clippings and yard waste.

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1. Can the County remove a fallen tree in the creek behind my property?
2. Do you have the flow rate at a specific location on a creek?
3. How do I report debris in creeks?
4. Why can’t I throw my grass clippings in the creek?
5. Why do we need a permit to work in the creek?