So, what can you do to help our waterways? September 17th is World Cleanup Day, but many areas have several events throughout the year. Many of these organizations have river/stream/ocean clean ups events or provides information on how to organize your own. One might not think cleaning up a waterway is directly connected to algae, but it is one way to keep our “blue arteries” of our planet moving. Many of our world’s rivers and streams are severely blocked by pollution. By organizing a waterway clean up, we can keep the arteries flowing. This is just one step people can take to protect, preserve, and restore our natural environment. This will help the environment issues, provide awareness about our waterways, and provide you an opportunity to be an activist. Let’s help make cleaner waterways – one river at a time.
If organizing a clean is not possible, there are many other ways you can help and protect our waterways.
help protect watercourses with natural landscaping
use permeable paving to reduce runoff to our sewer systems
consider installing a rain barrel to capture water and not rely on our waterways for our water for plants
check your toilets for leaks or always working – this is a source of excess use of water
delay using your dishwasher or washing machines
turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
shorten your time in the shower
For more information on how to plan a river clean up and to find an event in your area, click on one of these sites: