- Learn all you can about your local rivers, conservation and wildlife protection plans and participate in local clean-ups.
(See Events Calendar and Useful Links.)
- Limit your water usage. The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, says you use168 gallons of water a day: 5-7 flushing, 25 showering, 5 brushing teeth, 60 washing clothes, 16 in a dishwasher. Only run dishwashers when they are full; only do laundry with full loads. Turn off water while brushing. Use low flow toilets or put a brick in the tank of your toilet to reduce water used by diplacing water volume. Know your watering days. Water early or late to reduce evaporation waste.
- Use rainbarrels to collect rainwater for gardens, car washing, etc. Put water sensors on your sprinklers.
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets - they can waste 200+ gallons a day. Don’t flush prescription drugs; they damage wildlife genetics.
- Plug leaks in your car. Car fluids like antifreeze, oil, and car cleaners create substantial pollution in our rivers when they wash from our roads into drains. Recycle used motor oil. One quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water1.
- Get your septic system inspected every 3 years, maintain it properly and avoid using strong chemicals.
- Dispose of animal waste properly - not in the storm drain.
- Don’t use chemicals, fertilizers and toxins on your lawn, particularly if you live near a river. Don’t overwater your lawn. Scientists have identified the amount of nutrients that can safely enter the river. This is known as Total Maxmimum Daily Load. TMDL changes depending on how nutrient-saturated the river is. Tracking TMDL is very costly. Help rivers by using only natural fertilizers.
- Use biodegradable, non-toxic products to clean your home & car. Correctly dispose of hazardous items - DO NOT pour down the drain. Go to the EPA for healthy products.
- Wash your boat on land - use phosphate free, biodegradeable products. Secure boat trash. Stop littering in the rivers.
- Buy RIVER GIVER clothing, banners, and decals. Every purchase results in a donation to river protection. By proudly displaying RIVER GIVER, you're demonstrating action, not words, in support of our rivers.
- Get involved. Check the media for local clean-up efforts and participate in local and national programs with your friends. See our Events Calendar. Log your time as community service.
You can make a difference.
1. Natural Resources Defense Council