Want to Show Our Rivers and Lake Michigan a Little Respect?
Each of us can have a positive impact on the health of our rivers and Lake Michigan. Maybe you’re thinking that you’re just one person. That’s right, BUT if we each do our part, our individual actions will add up. Together, we’ll make a difference.
Every time it rains, anything left on a sidewalk, lawn, or street ends up in storm sewers that flow directly into our rivers and Lake Michigan – the source of the water you drink every day.
So what can you do? Take some tips from Sparkles, the Water Spaniel:
- pick up pet waste
- leave grass clippings on the lawn
- use lawn fertilizer and chemicals sparingly
- test the soil to make sure the yard really needs the extra nutrients before applying fertilizer
- inspect vehicles to make sure they’re not leaking oil or other fluids
- plant a rain garden and trees
- direct downspouts into rain barrels, the yard or garden instead of the sewer or driveway
- use a car wash or wash cars on the lawn
And remember, as Sparkles says, “Clean water is a matter of proper training!”
For more information about activities, projects and initiatives taking place around the region to protect and restore our rivers and Lake Michigan, visit:
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Respect Our Waters is coming to a community near you! Check out Schedule of Events and Calendar of Events to find out about these events. Visit us at our Respect Our Waters table. You’ll find giveaways and a drawing for a rain barrel at each event. Hope to see you there!
Respect Our Waters is funded in part through grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, with additional support from twenty-eight area municipalities. Thank you!