On Sunday, April 29, the National Association of Conservation Districts will be launching Watershed Stewardship Week!

A watershed is an area of land that drains rain water or snow into a single location such as a stream, lake, or underground aquifer. These bodies of water supply our drinking water, provide habitat to numerous plants and animals, provide water for agriculture and manufacturing, and offer opportunities for recreation. Unfortunately pollution, including runoff and erosion, can interfere with watershed health.

Join us in honoring this week by taking action to protect your watershed and promote watershed health in your home, neighborhood, and community. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


  • Use hardy plants in your yard that require little or no watering, fertilizers, or pesticides.
  • If using fertilizers, choose organic or slow-release varieties.
  • Dispose of toxic household chemicals/used oil/antifreeze at a hazardous waste center instead of pouring them down the drain or onto driveways or roads.
  • Choose surfaces like wood, brick, or gravel for decks & walkways, which allow for rain to soak in and not run off.
  • Fix plumbing leaks & turn off the water when not in use.
  • Collect litter/debris from roadsides in your neighborhood.
  • Pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in the trash/toilet.