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Ten Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in Your Watershed

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Become Active in Your Watershed

Help Increase Public Awareness in Your Watershed

one  Learn about your watershed. Start by using the Watershed Region Information Web site to find your watershed address and learn about its environmental health. Other useful sites include Surf Your Watershed, Envirofacts and Enviromapper. [broken link] Also be sure to check out EPA's Wetlands web page to learn about the importance of wetlands.
two  Identify ways you can help prevent polluted runoff from your home, ranch or farm. Check out Give Water a Hand  Exit EPA Disclaimer (for students), EPA's Nonpoint Source Program Web site and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Web site  Exit EPA Disclaimer to find out how you can be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem.
three  Find out about our precious coast and steps you can take to protect marine resources by reading the Coastal Watershed Fact Sheets. Learn about our pressure on ocean resources  Exit EPA Disclaimer and find out 25 things you can do to help save coral reefs.  Exit EPA Disclaimer
four  Become involved in land use and development decisions affect your water resources and learn how watershed planning and the watershed approach can help. Find out about model ordinances to protect water quality at EPA's Model Ordinances to Protect Local Resources web pages and the Center for Watershed Protection Exit EPA Disclaimer Also learn about alternatives to current development patterns such as low-impact development  Exit EPA Disclaimer and smart growth Exit EPA Disclaimer

five  Create a Wildlife Habitat in your Backyard, Workplace or Schoolyard. Certify your backyard or schoolyard as part of the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program or Schoolyard Habitat Program Exit EPA Disclaimer
six  Participate in or help coordinate a special wetlands activity during the month of May to celebrate American Wetlands Month. Visit EPA’s wetlands web site for ideas for special wetland activities. Also, celebrate International Migratory Bird Day  Exit EPA Disclaimer by joining in an event to raise awareness about the importance of birds, biological diversity, and wetlands.
seven  Do your part to protect drinking water sources. Individuals, citizen groups, and local communities can participate in many activities that help to protect their drinking water sources. Get information about drinking water and how it can be protected at the EPA Source Water Protection Web site. Find out more about how your drinking water is tested, treated and protected by reading your utility's yearly water quality report. Check out the National Source Water Collaborative  Exit EPA Disclaimer – a coalition of 19 national organizations with a shared recognition of the importance of protecting drinking water sources.

eight  Prepare a presentation about your watershed for a school or civic organization. Explain what a watershed is. Discuss water quality threats, including polluted runoff and habitat loss. Highlight things people can do to protect water quality, including limiting fertilizer use and eliminating herbicides and pesticides. Be sure to provide case studies from other watersheds and to highlight success stories. Research your presentation using a variety of water education materials Exit EPA Disclaimer

nine  Sponsor a World Water Monitoring Day Event or Watershed Festival in your community to raise awareness about the importance of watershed protection. Organize the event around a water body in your watershed (e.g., estuary, lake, river, etc.), an issue (protecting drinking water sources), or a national event.  Find out how to get involved in or start planning your own monitoring event using the Water Environment Federation’s World Wide Monitoring Day Web site Exit EPA Disclaimer   The Groundwater Foundation's "Making Waves: How to Put on a Water Festival" and "Making More Waves: Ideas from Across the US and Canada for Organizing Your Water Festival”  Exit EPA Disclaimer guidebooks can help you organize a festival in your community.

ten  Obtain funding for your watershed outreach and public education efforts. Use the following EPA resources to get started: the Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection, Environmental Finance Program, and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

This is not a complete list of available resources and mention of these products does not constitute endorsement by EPA. Visit the Office of Water Homepage or the Watershed Homepage for for more information.

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