Watershed Protection

Collecting a water quality sample to test as part of volunteer monitor training.

Ways to Protect Your Watershed

  1. Test the water. Participate in World Water Monitoring DayDakota Water Watch or or start your own volunteer water quality monitoring program.  Collect water quality data and share the results with your community.
  2. Greenscape your yard.  Use native grasses, plant native trees and shrubs to minimize watering and fertilizing. Get your home, school or workplace as a certified habitat through the National Wildlife Foundation.  Encourage local officials to do the same with public spaces.
  3. Promote and use car pools, public transportation, bikes or walking. Extend the capacity of roads and minimize the need to expand or build new by reducing traffic.
  4. Pick up trash, especially along water ways. Organize a trash clean up for Earth Day, Wetlands Month, or Public Lands Day.
  5. Support low impact development and smart growth.
  6. Learn more by using one of the EPA’s Watershed Academy resources. Take an online training, view a webcast seminar, or view an information transfer publication.