Around the House
Day-to-day urban activities disrupt the cycle of water movement and pollute Dane County's water resources. Many of the things that we do in our communities and around our homes can create problems for lakes and streams. There are many things you can do to improve water quality. Little changes collectively make a big difference. Think of environmental consequences in addition to conveniences. Be conservative and resourceful, don't be wasteful.
- Plant a rain garden and direct downspout to empty into rain garden.
- If you don’t have a rain garden, be sure to direct roof downspouts away from foundations and driveways to planting beds and lawns where the water can safely soak into the ground.
- Use a rain barrel where practical.
- Put splash guards on downspouts to help reduce erosion.
We live in Wisconsin, so we know winter. We combat the brutal season by using winter maintenance procedures that keep us safe. But one of these practices, deicing with salt, is costly and harms our water, vegetation and infrastructure. It's time for Wisconsin to wise up and slow down on spreading salt. Visit www.wisaltwise.com to learn about actions you can take to minimize the impacts of excessive salt use.
- Salt and Deicing Strategies to Protect Water Quality (Presentation)
- Road Salt Lunch: City of Beloit's Winter Road Maintenance Program (Presentation)
- A Fresh Look at Road Salt: Aquatic Toxicity and Water-Quality Impacts on Local, Regional and National Scales (presentation)
- 2010 Road Salt Report by Public Health Madison Dane County
- 2011 Road Salt Report by Public Health Madison Dane County