Let's Make a Difference
The activities that we do in our watersheds can have tremendous impacts on the health of our waterbodies. From the oil, salt and fertilizer that are washed down our streets to the removal of shoreline vegetation, these can all affect water quality. While we can't eliminate all sources of water contaminants and disturbances, we can take steps to reduce our impacts.
There are many things that we can do to improve water quality and the health of our watersheds. Here are some suggestions.
In our homes:
Pharmaceutical Drugs: Don’t flush your leftovers! Pharmaceutical drugs that are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage can enter the water system. Take all unused, or “dead” drugs back to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. More...
Household Products: Avoid hazardous household products that can be harmful to our waterways. Instead, try using “environmentally friendly” products, which can be found by looking for the Environmental Choice Logo. Common ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and dish soap also provide an easy and inexpensive cleaning alternative. As a consumer, you can make informed choices.
Household Waste: Don’t throw waste down the drain or toilet. What goes down our drains goes into our rivers and lakes. Dispose of household items properly: use up all chemical products or dispose of leftovers at your local recycling or disposal facility, and put solid waste into the wastebasket.