How You Can Help 

Top 10 Things You Can do to Protect Our Watersheds

  • Always conserve and reuse water wisely

  • Soil test before you apply fertilizer. Use low or no-phosphorus fertilizers

  • Use native vegetation and reduce turf grass by increasing native wildflowers and grasses

  • Capture and reuse rainwater to control stormwater runoff

  • Dispose of pet waste properly in the trash or toilet (not onsite septic systems)

  • Wash your car at a car wash facility. If you must do it at home, wash vehicles on the lawn instead of pavement

  • Maintain all vehicles, eliminating leaks and spills

  • Recycle and dispose of household chemicals properly (motor oil, household cleaners, paint, etc.)

  • Inspect and maintain onsite septic systems and sewers

  • Join a watershed organization

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Fun Water Facts

  • There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank

  • Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. 2 Hydrogen + 1 Oxygen = H2O

  • Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs — all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs

  • Water regulates the Earth’s temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes

  • 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water

  • A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water

  • Water is part of a deeply interconnected system. What we pour on the ground ends up in our water, and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water

  • The average total home water use for each person in the U.S. is about 50 gallons a day

  • The average cost for water supplied to a home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 gallons, which equals about 5 gallons for a penny

  • Water expands by 9% when it freezes. Frozen water (ice) is lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water