Our Watershed: What YOU Can Do to Help
many things that you and your family can do at home to help keep our watershed
clean (and, therefore, keep our water clean!):
yourself about the ecology of your watershed. You're doing a great job
the amount of water you use.
- Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Wash dishes in a dishpan instead of under running water or a dishwasher.
- Water your lawn early in the day or late in the evening to reduce evaporation
by the heat of the sun.
- Use a soaker hose (special type of hose) instead of a sprinkler when
- Report any leaky faucets or hoses immediately.
toxic chemicals used in and around your home.
- Read the labels on your cleaners. Use non-toxic, natural cleaning products
such as vinegar or baking soda.
- Use laundry soap without phosphates.
- Use non-bleached toilet paper.
- Wash your car on the grass and use a non-phosphate detergent.
- In case of sleet or snow, cover walkways with sand, not salt.
- Reduce the application of flea and tick pesticides on your pets by preventative
grooming. Brush your pets frequently and shampoo your pets regularly.
- Reduce the application of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides in
your yard. Use a mulching lawnmower and don't mow the grass very short.
Learn about biological controls.
- Support farming practices, such as organic farming, that don't apply
- Reduce vehicle emissions (and, therefore, acid rain) by walking, biking,
carpooling, and using public transportation.
in its place. Reduce, reuse, and recycle (in that order!).
- Reduce your use of heavily packaged or non-recyclable products.
- Reuse bags, containers, and paper, and use washable diapers.
- Recycle glass, paper, aluminum, and cardboard properly.
- Compost yard clippings and trimmings. Learn what types of food leftovers
can be composted.
- Pick up after your pet and dispose of waste in the toilet or garbage.
erosion around your home.
- Cover cleared land with vegetation. Cover newly seeded soil with straw.
- If you farm, do not overwater plants. Plant wind breaks. On hilly land,
plant on terraced land, not along the slope. Do not allow animals to overgraze.
live along a river or stream:
- Maintain a buffer of vegetation (a riparian zone) along the river at
least 25 feet (8 meters) wide.
- Maintain diverse habitat structure to promote biodiversity through landscape
architecture, yard maintenance, and gardening.