Everyone can contribute to conserving and preserving our natural resources.
Here are a few ways to help us clean up our local water supply and improve our natural environment:
Take the ‘1 Foot Challenge’!
Here’s an easy way to ‘start small’ and make a big difference for pollinators.
Add Native Plants to Your Landscape
Natives grow in a wonderful, wild, changing rainbow of colors and foliage all season long. Luckily, we have the opportunity to restore these native plants to our landscapes and enjoy their diverse beauty. Native plants can be incorporated into the landscape in
functional and aesthetic applications, including riparian/streambank areas for erosion control, floodplain and wetland areas, rain gardens and bioretention areas for water quality and flood control as well as landscape borders and beds for beauty and habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. The large-scale use of natives for ecosystem restoration is also becoming more common, thanks to partnerships between non-profit and government agencies promoting pollinator habitat.
Plant A Tree
Trees provide an abundance of economic, social and environmental benefits. A city’s tree canopy can significantly reduce stormwater runoff and save millions of dollars in drainage infrastructure needs. A healthy level of urban tree canopy is around 40 percent. Adding trees to your home landscaping improves the environment, adds beauty, and can even increase your property value.
Redirect Your Downspouts
Every downspout on your home can deliver up to 12 gallons of rainwater per minute during a heavy storm. In the combined sewer area, many downspouts are connected directly to the sewer, potentially pumping millions of gallons of water into the sanitary sewers when it rains. All property owners are encouraged to disconnect downspouts from the sanitary sewer system.
Support Your Local Municipality’s Sewer Upgrades
Compost Kitchen & Yard Waste
Did you know that one teaspoon of compost enriched soil contains one billion bacteria and several yards of fungal filaments? For those of you wondering if this is a good thing- YES, great for helping your plants grow! Did you know that grass clippings stockpiled near waterways can cause algal blooms and fish kills? Did you know that the average household sends 650 lbs. of compostable material to the land fill every year? Why not take your grass clippings, leaves, yard waste, and kitchen scraps and turn them into valuable soil? Composting is easy! If it is a plant or was once part of a plant, it can be composted. Techniques vary from the very basic compost piles, to homemade bins, to commercial plastics bins. Successful and odor free composting involves weekly turning and watering along with a correct mix of ‘browns’ (leaves, straw) and ‘greens’ (fruit/vegetable scraps, grass clippings). The brown to green ration should be about 25:1.
More Ways to Make a Positive Difference:
- Reduce Use Of Lawn Fertilizers
- Pick-up Pet Waste
- Maintain Your Septic System
- Farmers Can Follow “Best Management” Practices
- Volunteer To Help With Stream Monitoring Or Other Conservation Projects
For information on Volunteer opportunities, please phone 419.782.1794