Keep Water Clean
If it's on the ground, it's in the river. As water flows over the watershed, it picks up chemicals, trash, and microbes that make their way into our water sources. Preserving the quality of our raw water sources is everyone's responsibility.
Take unused pharmaceuticals to a disposal center. Save your sewer treatment plant from processing pharmaceuticals. Find a drop-off here.
Don't dump anything down storm drains. It flows right into our lakes and rivers.
Use environmentally safe cleaning products. Safer substitutes, like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, salt, borax, olive oil, and cedar chips can get the job done just as well as their more hazardous counterparts.
Clean up after your pets. Pet waste releases potentially harmful bacteria and oxygen-consuming materials if it is allowed to enter our waterways. Whether you're on a walk or in your yard, pick up after your pet.
Choose your lawn fertilizer wisely. Fertilizer can run off of yards when it rains and contaminate our waters. Generally, only new lawns require phosphorus for root growth. Choose a fertilizer that is phosphorus-free. In many instances soils already contain a sufficient amount of phosphorus which can be determined by a soil test.
Take used compact fluorescent light bulbs and mercury thermostats and thermometers to a hazardous waste facility. They contain mercury which accumulates in the food chain and is a poison for humans and wildlife.
Divert rain spouts onto grass or landscaping. It reduces water speed and increases the time over which it is released into the drain system. Sidewalks and driveways do not allow runoff to seep into the ground.
Don't pour unused cleaners down the drain. Many chemicals cannot be treated at the sewage treatment plant and end up in our lakes and rivers.
Take toxic products to a hazardous waste facility. If not properly disposed, they can contaminate drinking water and can kill fish, animals, and plants.
Use dishwashing soap that doesn't contain phosphates. Phosphate-based detergents may spur algal blooms which may harbor bacteria as well as create a terrible smell.
Take used motor oil to a disposal site. Motor oil damages or kills underwater vegetation and aquatic life. One gallon of used motor oil can contaminate 1,000,000 gallons of water.
Don't pour grease down sink drains. It builds up in sewer lines, restricting the capacity of the pipes. Eventually, the pipes can become blocked completely, leading to overflows of raw sewage into streets, storm drains, and our waterways.