Fun activities outdoors can contribute to water pollution. At the same time, outdoor activities may be the first place that we may notice water pollution. The next time that you see water that is polluted, think about how you can make a difference. There are small changes that you can make to help:
In motor boats, check that the boat is maintained and free of leaks. Like car engines, boats can leak fluids, and these leaks will enter the water. Keep items that you bring with you in your boat, don’t dispose of trash into the lake or river.
Your backyard or neighborhood swimming pool is drained every year before the winter. Think about all the chemicals, including chlorine that the water contains, and do not drain swimming pool water into the storm drain or ditch.
Whether you are camping, boating, swimming, sunbathing or hiking, take care to pick up your belongings and don’t litter. Litter on the ground is washed into our waterways when it rains!
For a more detailed list of how your actions may be impacting our water, and what you can do to make a difference, see our full listing of Impacts Outdoors.