How to Protect Water Quality Outside the House


Doing it right Doing it wrong
Few trees are cut down away from streams Many trees are cut down close to streams
Houses are built in a planned manner, with many trees and plants in between Housing development not planned and irregular with little vegetation and little infiltration
Livestock are behind fences Livestock has access to  streams and can pollute them
Runoff from houses go through a wetland for filtration Runoff goes directly to sewers and streams
Plants along the stream increases infiltration No plants along the stream
Clean ground water is flowing into the stream Water runs into the stream fast, may cause flooding
Water is available for a long time Streams dries up sooner