"Keep it Clean, We're all Downstream."
Learn how you can help keep Montana's waters clean.
VEHICLES: Being a responsible vehicle owner requires sticking to a regular maintenance schedule and taking some precautionary steps when repairing or maintaining your vehicle. These steps can save money in the long run, and will help keep Montana's waters clean. The following links provide information for reducing the amount of vehicle-related pollutants that reach our rivers, streams and underground water.
LAWN CARE: What does taking care of your lawn have to do with water quality? For information on how you can protect your local water quality, and for helpful ideas on limiting water consumption while keeping your property looking great, check out these links.
Green Up Your Lawn Not Your Lakes and Rivers - University of Minnesota Extension
RAIN WATER: Rain water is a valuable resource that is often wasted. Why not put it to work for you instead of allowing it to run off your property? The following links provide practical tips for harnessing this gift of nature. Learn more about landscaping with water conservation in mind.
Rain Gardens: A Household Way to Improve Water Quality in Your Community - the University of Wisconsin Extension
Build Your Own Rain Barrel - The Mid America Regional Council
Create a Native Landscape in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Montana Association of Conservation Districts
PETS: Pet wastes carry bacteria that can pollute our rivers, streams, lakes and ground water. Check out these links to learn how this happens, and what simple things pet owners can do to help protect the water and the people who depend upon it. That is all of us!
Pet Waste and Water Quality - University of Rhode Island
Oils from vehicles, nutrients from fertilizers, sediment from soils, pathogens from animal wastes, litter and other contaminants are picked up by stormwater and carried to nearby water bodies. There are many steps you can take to help prevent water pollution. Learn how you can be a part of the pollution solution: