Water: Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds
What You Can Do To Help
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.