Have you ever heard of a rain garden? Building a rain garden, which helps reserve stormwater and keep it out of neighboring rivers, lakes, and ponds you want to help keep clean, can help curb water pollution and only takes a bit of effort (and perhaps some friends/family to help, too!).
Basically, the rain garden is a big hole, which allows for rainwater runoff from urban areas to be absorbed into the ground (which diminishes the chance of it flowing into storm drains and those waters you want to protect from the effects of potentially polluted rain water). Some studies note that the addition of rain gardens can help cut down the pollution in neighboring rivers and lakes by up to 30 percent! For a few days’ effort, that’s surely worth it! You’ll be helping to preserve the integrity of important water sources for your community.
Check out this great video about how one community in New Jersey built a rain garden in just two days’ time – and consider putting together your own group to help protect the precious clean water you have in your own town!
Image Source: Philadelphia Water Department/Flickr