February is #LoveYourWatershed month! Each year, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) highlights the month aimed at protecting our watersheds, which are land areas that drain to a single point, such as a stream or a lake. Everyone lives in a watershed, and many of the activities we do on a daily basis can either help or hurt the quality of water entering local lakes, which are the main source of drinking water in North Texas. Here are a few ways you can help protect water quality:
- Properly dispose of potentially harmful materials (like common hazardous household wastes) so they don’t harm local streams and lakes.
- Pick up your pet’s waste and put it in the trash (their waste is not a good fertilizer and is a major source of bacteria).
- Properly dispose of cat litter in the trash can or recycling bin.
- Apply fertilizers, pesticides, and other outdoor chemicals according to the instructions on the label, and not right before it rains. If you can limit or eliminate the use of fertilizer by using organic fertilizer or compost, that’s even better!
- Set mower decks at the highest level to allow longer grass blades, and keep grass clippings and leaves in your yard (they’re a natural fertilizer!)
Let’s be sure to love our watershed! Find more easy tips on how to care for our environment and water sources all year long at https://bit.ly/3gSFDCG.