Clean waterways are important to every community. Here are five ways that you can help keep local waterways clean and free from pollution.
PICK UP TRASH
Most storm drains empty into a local stream or creek. Trash that is left on the ground including paper, drink bottles and anything else that can be carried by runoff will eventually end up in a local waterway unless it is collected and disposed properly.
Maintaining your personal vehicles can help keep oil, antifreeze and other engine fluids from collecting on driveways and streets where these chemicals can be washed into local streams by storm water runoff.
ENCOURAGE PLANT GROWTH
In addition to making the waterway look more attractive, water plants can help filter the water and keep it clean.
EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY
A campaign to educate your local community about the effects of trash and pollution on stream ecosystems can foster pride in local waterways and go a long way in keeping local creeks and streams clean.
ORGANIZE CLEAN-UP DAYS
Community organizations, local businesses, scout troops, school groups and families are often willing to pitch in and help clean up local waterways. Clean-up days are great ways to get the whole community committed to keeping a local creek or stream pure.