Common Questions

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Can my home be a part of the problem?

Unless you are careful, yes. Where does the runoff go when it leaves your land? Even if there are no streams on your property, there are probably ditches and drainage channels that carry runoff to streams, rivers, lakes and the sea.

Also, consider the nature of your soil and the depth of the water table. Porous soils with shallow water tables invite groundwater pollution. The same pollutants that might enter surface water from your property can seep into the groundwater and contaminate your well and maybe your neighbor's.

By following the practices in this guide, you can be sure you are doing your share to protect the water quality in your watershed.

What if the streams near my property are already clean?

Then we need to keep them clean. It is far easier and less expensive to prevent problems than to correct them. As more people move into your area, more pollutants will threaten our water supplies. And chances are that local waters are not as clean as they look. Most pollutants are invisible and their effects may take time to be noticed.

What can I do to help?

Please follow the practices we've outlined in this guide and promote them to friends and neighbors. Most people are unaware of how they personally contribute to pollution problems and how easily they can become a part of the solution. You can interest your childrens' schools, start a neighborhood "Streamwatch" program and get everyone involved in protecting your watershed from pollution.

Everything one person does can have an impact. The cumulative effect of the many homes and small farms in rural and suburban watersheds represents a major source of pollution. Your individual efforts help minimize those impacts.

Most large polluters are already correcting the most severe, obvious problems. We have seen positive results. But it takes time for these changes, and we, as individuals, cannot wait until everyone else has "cleaned up their act" before we agree to do our share.

We can take pride in all we do to protect water quality. It may be the most important way we can improve and maintain our own quality of life.

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