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Do I Live in a Watershed?
Every person lives in a watershed. A watershed is an area of land where all of the water drains into a specific waterway, such as a stream, lake, or river. Watershed protection is essential in protecting our community's resources including drinking water supplies, diversity of plant life, fish habitats, and recreational activities. What we throw out as trash or pour on the ground can affect our watersheds negatively. To find out about your watershed go to EPA's Surf Your Watershed.
Listed Below Are Tips You Can Do To Help Protect Your Watershed
  • Apply and dispose of Household Hazardous  Waste (HHW) materials properly - Follow the directions on your product's label regarding disposal and application.  When stored properly, HHW materials may not present an immediate hazard, but improper waste disposal can make them a threat to human health and the environment.  
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly - Use only the amount of chemical recommended by product manufacturer and never apply when rain is predicted in the 24 hour forecast.  Runoff from fertilizers and pesticides enter storm drains or waterways with no treatment and cause impacts on fish and other aquatic life.  Algal blooms can be a direct result of excessive fertilizer runoff.
  • Properly dispose of your pet’s waste - Picking up your pet waste as well as cleaning your yard of pet feces can result in a cleaner neighborhood and better water quality.  Proper disposal of pet feces can reduce nutrients, fecal coliform, e. coli, salmonella, giardia, and various other bacteria that can be harmful to humans and water quality.  Pet waste can be discarded by flushing it down the toilet or sealing it in a plastic bag and placing it in the garbage.
  • Get involved in school or community clean-up projects - Check with your local school, civic organizations, or local government agencies for any existing clean-up or recycling projects that may currently be on-going in your area. 
  • Storm drain marking project -  Check with JCDH about the current storm drain markers that can be placed in your community to prevent storm water pollution by educating citizens on reporting procedures. For further information please contact Jonika Smith at (205)930-1230.



JCDH Storm Drain Marker

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