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