What You Can Do
If we all work together, we can make a difference. Imagine if the 75,000 people living in our watershed region all made wise environmental choices! Improving the health of local watersheds requires us to think and act on ways to balance environmental concerns with everyday life. Here are some examples of good environmental stewardship activities you can do to enhance your property, protect your health, and protect our natural environment.
- Plant native trees and shrubs to protect shorelines, enhance wildlife habitat, and encourage species diversity.
- Inspect and pump out your septic system every 3 to 5 years.
- Use phosphate free products inside and outside your home (e.g., detergents, fertilizers).
Fence livestock and leave a 30 metre buffer of natural vegetation along shorelines to filter runoff and provide wildlife habitat.
- Reduce the amount of household chemicals you use and store (e.g., antifreeze, paint, lawn chemicals, detergents, and cleaners).
- Decommission unused wells – old wells can provide a path for contamination to groundwater supplies.
- Learn to identify and report non-native, invasive species and how to prevent their spread.
Top 10 things you can do to protect your local watershed and your own health.