Protecting source water is everyone's responsibility. Everyone has a role, including:
- EPA and other federal agencies
- Local governments
- Water utilities
- Businesses and industries
- Non-governmental organizations
- Reduce uses of pesticides around the home or businesses
- Ensure that septic systems are property maintained: Proper septic system maintenance is particularly important for people who rely on private wells for their drinking water.
- Plant "Native" - Create a "Rain Garden" http://www.warrenswcd.com/backyard-conservation.html
- Organize or participate in stream clean-up efforts www.warrenswcd.com/stream-clean-ups.html or http://www.lmriverkleeners.org/index.html
- Volunteer to tag Storm Drains in your community: http://www.warrenswcd.com/volunteer-opportunities.html
- Research the main types of trash (litter) in a stream and initiate ideas to reduce trash from entering a stream in the first place.
- Start a campaign to get more families "outdoors" with instituting at least 10 great ways to protect our local streams http://mylittlemiami.org/about-us/
- Research what leads to flash flooding, stream bank erosion or what generally damages a stream or river http://www.warrenswcd.com/soils--erosion-assistance.html
- Become involved in Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) and test the water quality near your home or school http://www.warrenswcd.com/water-quality-monitoring.html
- Become involved in local source water protection efforts: Research the difference between source point and non-source pollution; integrate local governing bodies and other organizations for the purposes of sharing resources and improving the quality of our local streams
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USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Their scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. www.usgs.gov/
of State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers