Simple steps taken right in your own home or back yard will help you protect the Huron River and its tributary streams, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater!
Today, most of the pollution entering our waterways arrives with the rain water that runs off hard surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and rooftops. The polluting culprits are dirt, oil and toxic auto fluids, pesticides and fertilizer, and bacteria from pet waste and failing septic systems.
We depend on storm drains and sewers, drainage ditches, and culverts to keep our streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also direct polluted and untreated rainwater straight into our local streams, lakes and wetlands.
Washing your car on the lawn, picking up pet waste, mulching fall leaves, using a rain barrel, choosing phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer help to prevent water pollution.
Small Actions that Make a Big Difference
- Pick Up Pet Waste
- Dispose of Home Toxics
- Wrap and Trash Drugs
- Maintain Your Septic
- Go Phosphorus-Free
- Grow a Healthy Lawn
- Report Illegal Dumping
- Garden with Native Plants
- Plant a Rain Garden
- Use a Rain Barrel