Ways YOU can help us clean up our local water supply and improve our natural environment:
Fertilize With Care Over-application of nutrients not only may impair plant growth, it can also contaminate groundwater by leaching through the soil and pollute waterways through run-off. A soil...
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...
Composting is a good way to keep nutrients out of our waterways and help improve water quality! Did you know that one teaspoon of compost enriched soil contains one...
What does your yard say about you? We all want a safe environment for our family; starting with lawn care is an important step that also contributes to a...
You do not need to travel to faraway places for outdoor adventures when we have opportunities in our own backyard! Explore these places… Defiance City Parks and Local Places...
Rain Gardens are an easy way to beautify your yard and the world while contributing to a clean lake. Plant A Rain Garden Rain gardens and bioretention/infiltration devices allow...
MORE ways to 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: 1-Foot-Challenge.pdf
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.
More Ways to Make a Positive Difference:
- Pick-up Pet Waste
- Maintain Your Septic System
- Support Your Local Municipality’s Sewer Upgrades
- 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