What You Can Do

There are many measures that everyone can take to minimize the impact of pollution in in the watershed - from simple household actions, such as limiting sprinkler use, to low-cost landscape management alternatives, such as rain gardens and vegetated buffers.

Resources for Landowners

Best Practices

Lawn care practices

  • Aerate soil to promote water infiltration and deep root growth. It also helps keep down weeds
  • Keep grass 3" tall. Shorter grass has weaker roots that allow more weed growth.
  • Water no more than 1x a week, about 1". Frequent watering encourages shallow root growth.
  • Leave grass clippings on lawn for a natural fertilizer

Sewage stewardship

  • Compost instead of using the garbage disposal
  • Conserve water
  • Do not dispose of pharmaceuticals in the drain
  • Use earth friendly cleaning products

Landscape design: control run off and improve drainage

  • Create a rain garden 
  • Reduce impervious surfaces. Use pervious or permeable surfaces on driveways and patios: porous concrete and asphalt, pavers with voids for vegetation (typically referred to as "grass pavers"), unit pavers that have voids for stone or sand, or even oyster shells
  • Stabilize eroding slopes with vegetation
  • Overseed or mulch bare soils to prevent erosion and reduce weed growth
  • Reduce lawn area by creating more/larger planting beds