Green Landscaping for Clean Streams
You can make a difference
An Introduction to Green Landscaping for Clean Streams is available here.
Reduce the amount of rain water that leaves your property.
You will need to
- cut the downspout
- Plug or cap the sewer pipe
- Add an elbow piece and gutter extension to direct the flow into a rain garden, rain barrel or vegetated area
Harvest Rain Water
Save money by watering your lawn, gardens and houseplants with rain water. Save the river from receiving too much rain water during wet weather. More information
To install a rain barrel
- Determine a location for your rain barrel
- Place the barrel on cinder blocks or another elevated surface that is strong enough to support the barrel full of water
- Cut the downspout
- Place an elbow piece on the downspout and/or an extension to direct the water to flow into the barrel
Install a Rain Garden
These shallow dish shaped gardens are designed to retain rain water for up to 48 hours. Much of the rain water is taken in by the plants, transpired back to the atmosphere or infiltrates deep into the ground. Rain gardens provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other important pollinators. More information
Create Native Wildflower Gardens
Replacing lawns with native gardens helps to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. The deep roots of many native plants provide a way for rain water to soak deep into the ground. The plants provide food (seed, pollen, nectar, leaves, etc) and shelter for birds, butterflies and other important pollinators. More information
A cost effective method to reduce streambank erosion and save riverfront property is to plant deep-rooted native wildflowers and grasses. The fibrous root systems create a living mesh that will help hold the soil in place. Native trees and shrubs provide shade in warm months, which is important to keep water temperature from rising and dissolved oxygen levels from falling too low to support life in the stream.
Compost Yard Waste
Compost provides nutrients and improves garden soil. Composting is easy and saves waste from being trucked to a landfill or a composting facility.
How to do it
Mulch Garden Beds
Mulch helps to retain moisture in the garden and helps to reduce weeds. Mulch also keeps gardens looking fresh and cared for.
Limit Chemical Use
Many of the herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers used by gardeners today are harmful to the environment and should never be used near waterways. Excess nutrients from lawn fertilizers harm rivers and lakes. Opt for healthier alternatives for you and your family.
Pervious pavers or pervious cement are great alternatives to traditional cement and asphalt for drives and walkways. Consider using these materials when replacing your drive, patio or sidewalk. These products allow rain water to permiate through the material rather than run off the landscape and into the river.