Everything is connected. What happens to our land happens to our water. And so our individual actions can have a direct impact on our local waterways, affecting the water sources nearest to us and those throughout the whole basin.
Here are a few actions that you can implement at your home or business property to help our waters.
Plant a rain garden to help the water infiltrate the soil.
- Direct your downspouts onto your lawn, garden, or rain barrels.
- Cover bare soil with mulch and vegetation to prevent erosion.
- Compost yard waste, like your lawn clippings, and keep them off the street.
- Rake and pile leaves out of the street.
- Use lawn and garden chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, sparingly, or switch to natural lawn care.
- Be conservative when watering your lawn.
- Clean up pet waste.
- Apply salt sparingly to sidewalks. Shovel early and shovel often.
- Keep storm sewers clean.
- Properly dispose of chemicals; don’t pour any household chemicals down storm drains.
- Wash your car at a car wash instead of a driveway.
- Talk to your neighbors about these practices and involve your community.
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