Clean the water, improve your environment.
A watershed is an area of land which drains into a particular body of water. Any water in Wilmington ultimately drains into the Delaware River, making Wilmington a part of the Delaware River Watershed. Everything we do on the land affects the water. Everything that affects the water affects us and our world.
Basically, clean water means a clean environment. Economically, “$450 billion in food and fiber, manufactured goods and tourism depends on clean water and healthy watersheds.” * Personally, the water we drink, food we eat, and recreation we enjoy are all affected by the watershed and its health.
You will always live in a watershed. And that watershed will always be a source of what you put into your body and your surroundings. Care for it: limit the harmful, increase the helpful.
THREATS TO OUR WATER:
- Excess fertilizers and pesticides
- Animal manure
- Chemicals from cars
- Road salt and sediment
- Chemicals from manufacturing
- Outdated septic systems
IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO:
- Pick up trash
- Limit use of fertilizers and pesticides
- Make sure paint, grease, or unused medications are not poured down the drain
- Use commercial car wash rather than washing your car on the street or in your driveway. If washing at home, park your car on the grass.
- Pick up pet waste
- Plant native trees and plants
- Report problems to 311
- Contact your elected officials and make your voices heard
Use freshwater with care – our supply is not unlimited!
Fall Watershed Cleanup at Beaver Valley Unit of First State NHP
*(19 Jan 2017). The Watershed Approach