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.

  • Photo Credit: Addie Schlussel

    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.

Visit these websites to learn more!

Friends of Lake Wingra

Protect WI Waterways