Take Action: Simple Steps To Protect Your Water and Watershed

  1. Conserve water

  • Use a rain barrel to collect water for gardens
  • Plant hardier native plant species which require less watering
  • Water gardens less frequently, use mulches to reduce evaporation
  • Use low flow household products (toilet, shower head), and repair leaks and drips
  • Run the dishwasher or washing machine only with a full load
  • Reduce the size of your lawn, leave your grass longer, water your lawn only when required and leave grass clippings on the lawn (they add moisture to the soil)
  • Compost food waste instead of using the garbage disposal
  • Shorten your shower time and turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  1. Get to know your watershed

  • Visit a recreation area in your watershed year-round to picnic, hike, swim, snowshoe, ski, and enjoy the scenery
  • Join a local watershed organization, like the Elbow River Watershed Partnership, and volunteer
  1. Take care with hazardous products

  • Don't use fertilizers or pesticides
  • Dispose of hazardous products properly
  • Don't pour anything down storm drains as it goes directly to local creeks, rivers and ponds
  1. Protect riparian areas

  • Protect existing trees and shrubs beside ponds, streams, rivers, and lakes
  • Plant trees and shrubs to remediate riparian areas
  1. Protect groundwater

  • Keep your septic system in good working order
  • Use sand instead of salt on your driveway and walkway
  1. Improve your green space

  • Plant trees and shrubs to control runoff and soil erosion, improve water quality, and help clean the air
  1. Improve your local infrastructure

  • Use permeated pavement, green roofs
  • Redirect downspouts into gardens
  • Promote more parks, community gardens, constructed wetlands
  • Make a rain garden