Chemicals and fertilizers leak into groundwater, impacting our watershed and our oceans. Polluted waters harm aquatic flora and fauna and water quality. In turn, this harms birds and animals that feed from dirty waters. It also harms humans who fish and swim in polluted lakes, rivers, and oceans. In addition, increased water temperature reduces oxygen levels which kills fish; keeping the water clean can make it easier for fish to handle temperature changes.
To help protect and conserve our waters and all the life that depends on them, treat your lawn as an extension of Cape Lookout National Seashore.
You can also take steps to conserve energy at home. This will reduce your carbon footprint and save you money!
- Purchase power strips for your outlets and make them accessible. After you're done using your electronics, turn off the power strip and unplug it. This prevents your electronics from using energy even when they are not in use.
- Weatherize your home. Investing in proper insulation and sealing gaps and cracks will save you money and help heat or cool your home more efficiently.