City of Vero Beach

"Where the Tropics Begin"


What is a Watershed?

No matter where you live, you live in a watershed.  A watershed is the land area that drains to a single body of water such as a lake, wetland, underground aquifer or river.  The actions of people who live in a watershed affect the health of the water that drains through it.


How can I make a difference?

  • Drive less – walk or bike instead.
  • Conserve water every day – take shorter showers, fix leaks, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste in the toilet or the trash.
  • Don’t pour toxic household chemicals down the drain – take them to a local hazardous waste collection center instead.
  • Use surfaces like wood, brick, and gravel for decks, patios, and walkways.  They allow rain to soak in, not run off.
  • Test your soil before applying fertilizer – it may not need it!
  • Never pour used oil or antifreeze into the storm drain or the street.  Recycle them at your service station.
  • Use hardy plants in your yard that require little or no watering, fertilizers, or pesticides.
  • Adopt your Watershed.  Learn more at:  EPA 






What is the Adopt Your Watershed Campaign?

  • Volunteering to monitor water quality
  • Stenciling storm drains
  • Organizing river cleanups
  • Planting trees along eroding riverbanks
  • Hosting a water festival