|Why is water quality important?
Properly managed water resources provide high-quality drinking water, fishing and swimming, and support habitats for a variety of plants and wildlife.
What is a watershed?
The land area that drains into a particular water body. All land is in a watershed and everybody lives in a watershed.
|January is a good time to
- learn what watershed you live in.
- “surf your watershed” at www.epa.gov
- investigate community efforts to preserve and protect water quality.
- review your lawn and garden practices.
How do pollutants enter the water supply?
Urban development removes vegetation and replaces it with buildings, streets,
walkways, and driveways, thus preventing water from infiltrating
The resulting runoff carries pollutants such as yard waste, fertilizers, pesticides
discharged on paved surfaces, and animal waste into water bodies. Even runoff that flows into storm sewers (drains) may
be discharged directly into streams and lakes.