Around the House
Day-to-day urban activities disrupt the cycle of water movement and pollute Dane County's water
resources. Many of the things that we do in our communities and around our homes can create problems
for lakes and streams. There are many things you can do to improve water quality. Little changes
collectively make a big difference. Think of environmental consequences in addition to conveniences.
Be conservative and resourceful, don't be wasteful.
- Plant a rain garden and direct downspout to empty into rain garden.
- If you don’t have a rain garden, be sure to direct roof downspouts away from foundations and driveways to planting beds and lawns where the water can safely soak into the ground.
- Use a rain barrel where practical.
- Put splash guards on downspouts to help reduce erosion.
We live in Wisconsin, so we know winter. We combat the brutal
season by using winter maintenance procedures that keep us safe. But one of
these practices, deicing with salt, is costly and harms our water, vegetation
and infrastructure. It's time for Wisconsin to wise up and slow down on
spreading salt. Visit www.wisaltwise.com to learn about actions you can take
to minimize the impacts of excessive salt use.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal