All of us play in a role in keeping our watersheds healthy! Check out these GLRC resources to learn what you can do to reduce stormwater pollution.
A Citizen's Guide
Check out these articles to learn more about watersheds, stormwater BMPs, and how you can help protect our watershed!
Septic System Overview
Safe Fertilizer Use
Vehicle Maintenance Article
Pet Waste and the Environment
Storm vs. Sanitary Sewer Systems
Responsible Car Washing
Adopt Your Catch Basin
Wetlands: An Overview
Local Recycling And Disposal Resources
You can help reduce pollution in our local waterways by properly disposing of your household wastes including paint, cleaners, solvents, etc. For more information about recycling and household hazardous waste collection events, visit our Household Hazardous Waste page!
Septic System Resources
Septic and well system failures risk public health, ground and surface water quality, and can become a financial burden on the owner. Learn more at EPA'/EGLE's Septic Smart.
Ingham County's Point of Sale Ordinance requires a well and septic inspection and that corrective action is taken before ownership of the home is transferred.
Local Recycling Resources
Top ten things you can do to protect our watersheds:
• Always conserve and reuse water wisely.
• Soil test before you apply fertilizers. Use low or no-phosphorus fertilizers.
• Use native vegetation and reduce turf grass by increasing native wildflowers and grasses.
• Capture and reuse rainwater to control stormwater runoff.
• Dispose of pet waste properly in the trash or toilet (not onsite septic systems).
• Wash your car at a car wash facility. If you must do it at home, wash vehicles on the lawn instead of pavement.
• Maintain all vehicles, eliminating leaks and spills.
• Recycle and dispose of household chemicals properly (motor oil, household cleaners, paint, etc.)
• Inspect and maintain onsite septic systems and sewers.
• Report polluters.
• Join a watershed organization (mgrow.org).