Here are some tips to help you contribute to maintaining a healthy watershed.
Creek Banks and Riparian Areas
- Allow native plants to remain undisturbed on creek banks.
- Unless causing flooding, leave rocks and logs in the creek beds. They help fish.
- Minimize even legal diversion of water.
- Set construction, cultivation and livestock back from banks to prevent siltation which smothers fish.
- Use good soil practices such as contour plowing when cultivating fields.
- Grade roads so that water flows are spread to minimize erosion.
Landscaping and Cultivation
- Compost yard waste where possible.
- Consider using organic and dry farming techniques.
- Consider xeroscaping and drip irrigation.
- Preserve wildlife corridors by not fencing or using wildlife-friendly fencing.
- Plant native plants where possible.
- Mulch bare soil to prevent wind-erosion and moisture loss.
- Compost and store non-compostable waste in wind and critter-resistant containers.
- Try non-toxic solvents and cleaning products.
- Clean drains mechanically.
- Use car washes or wash vehicles in grassy areas.
- Sweep rather than hose sidewalks and driveways.
- Install low water use toilets and front loading washers.
- Repair leaks in plumbing.
- Consider water catchment methods such as swales, ponds, and cisterns for personal and wildlife use.
- Explore the possibility of using gray water.