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10 Ways to Protect Estuaries (PDF) (1 pg, 437K, About PDF)

Building Artificial Reef Balls - Photo Credit: Nancy Laurson
Another view of Building Artificial Reef Balls - Photo Credit: Nancy Laurson
Building Artificial Reef Balls
Photo Credit: Nancy Laurson

Here's what you can do to protect our coastal watersheds and estuaries, our priceless resources:

  • Conserve water in your daily life.
    • Install water-saving toilets and showerheads.
    • Replace dripping faucets and leaky pipes.
  • Don't be wasteful: reduce, re-use, and recycle every day.
  • Pick up trash, participate in trash clean-up days.
  • Cut up the rings of plastic six-pack holders so that aquatic life and birds cannot become entangled in them.
  • Don't litter - streets and storm drains empty into rivers and streams that drain into our estuaries.
  • Pick up your pet's waste.
  • Choose non-toxic products for household use.
  • Choose products carefully: avoid excess packaging.
  • Dispose of household and yard chemicals properly; follow disposal directions on their labels.
  • Minimize use of fertilizers and pesticides on your yard.
  • Water your lawn conservatively and keep grass clippings out of street gutters.
  • Make sure your septic system is operating properly.
  • Respect your sewer system - don't pour toxic wastes, chemicals, or any medications down the toilet.
  • Do not dump petroleum products, including oil, down storm drains; recycle used motor oil.
  • Remember gutters and storm drains deliver water and contaminants to streams, rivers, and eventually the ocean.
  • Build a rain garden in your yard or install rain barrels.
  • Maintain your boats, cars, and other heavy equipment to reduce oil leaks.
  • Keep your boat or motorized watercraft out of sensitive areas like seagrass beds.
  • Install and Maintain marine sanitation devices on your boat.
  • Use designated pumpout stations
  • When visiting coral reefs, do not touch living coral.
  • Volunteer with your local environmental organizations.


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