Chemicals and fertilizers impact our watershed by leaking into groundwater. Polluted waters from development in Atlanta harm aquatic life and water quality. In turn, this harms birds and animals that feed the fish and insects in dirty water. It also harms humans who fish and swim in the creeks connected to our river or who drink contaminated groundwater.
To help protect and conserve our waters and all the life that depends on them, treat your lawn as an extension of the river.
- Reduce or eliminate the amount of chemicals you use on your lawn to prevent leeching.
- Plant native flowers or create a butterfly garden to encourage pollinators in your community.
Even if you are not in the Chattahoochee River watershed, there are streams, rivers, ponds, lakes - and even oceans - that will benefit from your actions.
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 are done using your electronic devices, 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.