There are many things you can do to help. Here are a few ideas:
- Discard toxic household items (batteries, paint, motor oil, etc.) responsibly.
- Reduce or eliminate the chemical fertilizers you use to treat your yard. Instead, compost your grass clippings and use them as a fertilizer.
- Use natural pest deterrents in your garden instead of harmful pesticides.
- Plant more trees on your property – this filters our water table and may increase your property value, too.
- Reduce your property’s storm water runoff by eliminating or reducing asphalt.
- Install a rain barrel to capture and retain water — this reduces rooftop run-off pollution and saves you money on your water bill, plus there is nothing like rain water to help your garden grow!
- If the river flows through your property consider adding native plants at the bank to eliminate erosion and add vital oxygen to the water — there are private and public funds available to assist you.
- If you are a farmer consider installing streamside fencing and alternative water to keep livestock out of the stream. Not only does this help the Middle River, it also helps to improve herd health — there are private and public funds available to assist you.
We can continue to preserve healthy streams or restore them to healthy conditions.
- Preserving a natural riparian buffer stabilizes the stream banks and filters rainwater flowing into the stream.
- Preserving a tree canopy shades and cools stream waters and provides leaf litter to feed aquatic insects.
- Preserving a rocky substrate helps aerate the water and provides stable living spaces for aquatic insects and fish.
- Preserving a floodplain with pervious surfaces helps filter and hold rainwater as it soaks into the ground