List of Positive Environmental Practices
How do your individual actions or behaviors impact the environment?
Whether you realize it or not, every single thing you do impacts the environment. Take a look at the following list to see how your behaviors compare to those of a true environmental steward. You may be surprised to find that you are already doing many of these watershed best management practices.
If you discover you aren't already implementing many of these practices you may wish to evaluate which changes are easiest for you to adopt first.
Everyone can't do everything,
but everyone can do something!
10 Easy Steps to Prevent Pollution in the Great Lakes
1. Use a water bottle and fill it from your faucet rather than buying individual bottles of water
This practice helps to conserve water, eliminate additional manufacture of plastics and reduces trash disposed in landfills
2. Go to the car wash or wash your car on the grass not your driveway
This practice prevents grimy road dirt, salts and soap from moving with the wash water down the driveway and into the storm drain that empties into a stream or river
3. Sweep dirt and fertilizer from your sidewalk and driveway back into your yard with a broom
Hosing dirt and fertilizer off hard surfaces flushes it directly into the storm drains and eventually into creek, streams and rivers.
4. Dispose of any hazardous household products or chemicals at approved hazardous waste collection sites
Emptying such products on the ground, down the sink or toilet or into storm drains directly pollutes our water and environment
5. Recycle your used motor oil at service stations in your community that accept used oil
Never pour oil or automotive fluids down storm drains or onto the ground where they will enter creeks, streams, rivers or groundwater
6. Purchase products that are recyclable and reusable, and recycle these products such as cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminum and glass
Products that are recyclable use less resources when reused and don't go to the landfill
7. Reduce auto emissions with regular auto maintenance, car pooling and use of public transportation when possible. Fix oil, transmission and radiator leaks in your car
Leaking automotive fluids can wash off roads, driveways and parking lots into creeks, streams and rivers during rain showers
8. Use insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers, as well as other lawn and garden chemicals, sparingly and always follow label directions!
Following the label directions and never increase the recommended amount or apply if rain is forecasted to avoid these products washing into our waters
9. Collect grass clippings and leaves and start a compost pile as compost is an excellent soil conditioner for flower and vegetable gardens and a beneficial way to dispose of yard waste
Never use storm drains, lakes, or water ways to dispose of yard wastes as this adds unwanted nutrients that contaminate our water
10. Go through the rest of this website's online training program to find out what else you can do to help yourself, your children, Michigan and the Great Lakes!
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