The Spring Thaw
Canadians from coast to coast are eagerly
awaiting the arrival of spring. It's this time
of year that all the frozen H2O melts and
begins to flow again.
In some parts of the country, spring is well
under way. This means we're going to be
cleaning up the yard and doing things like
washing our cars. We should keep in mind how
these common springtime activities can impact
our environment. Activities such as washing cars or
clearing out gutters produce run-off that has to go
somewhere. Along with run-off goes everything that
was washed off.
The run-off ends up in our local watershed and affects the local ecosystem. Protecting our watersheds is everybody's responsibility. As a homeowner, you can do your part. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
In The Garden
Gardening and lawn care often involve a great deal of water, and if you're using pesticides or herbicides, they're going to end up in the local ecosystem. Some greener options include composting in your garden, which is a great natural fertilizer. In addition, compost helps to retain moisture. Also, stink bugs, ground beetles, lady beetles and green lacewings are beneficial garden insects.
Around The Home
Don't dump harmful solvents, cleaners or paint down the drain. Our homes are responsible for almost 20% of toxic pollutants in municipal sewage. Find out what programs your municipality has for disposing of things like un-used paint and chemicals.
In Your Car
Most of us depend on our vehicles, and justifiably so. If you own a vehicle, one way that you can help reduce its impact on the ecosystem is to keep it properly maintained. Leaking oil, antifreeze and so on gets washed into the storm drains and into the watershed.
Every little contribution that you can make as a homeowner will have a positive effect on the health of the local ecosystem.