1. 1. Maintain soakaways/septic tanks.
    2. Read the label. Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly.
    3. Reduce sediment and nutrient run-off by creating and enhancing riparian corridors (buffer zones with planted vegetation between land and ghuts/wetlands).
    4. Plant shrubs and trees to reduce erosion.
    5. Dispose of household chemicals properly.
    6. Think before you clear land! Replace, re-seed, and replant bare ground.
    7. Give water more places to go. Plant a rain garden. When re-placing/installing driveways or sidewalks, use a porous pavement that allows storm water to infiltrate.
    8. Wash cars on grass to catch runoff.
    9. Don’t litter.
    10. Participate in local watershed clean-ups!

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a common outlet, such as the mouth of a bay. The word watershed is sometimes used interchangeably with drainage basin or catchment. Ridges and hills that separate two watersheds are called the drainage divide. The watershed consists of surface water—ghuts, ponds, wetlands--and all the underlying ground water. Larger watersheds contain smaller subwatersheds.

When rain falls in the Smith Bay – Water Bay watershed, it drains into the roads, ghuts, and wetlands, and infiltrates into the soil, making its way to Water Bay.  This water can affect water quality as it runs off of roads, yards, and driveways, because it picks up pollutants such as oil and soil along the way.

Please help us learn more about the Smith Bay-Water Bay watershed by completing a survey! Your comments will help us develop a watershed plan focused on improving water quality and decreasing flooding. Please click here to fill out the survey online. To request a survey, contact us.

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