August is National Water Quality Month. Michigan is the Great Lakes State, our five lakes — Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Erie — make up the largest body of fresh water on the planet! So of course, this month is especially important to us Michiganders. It serves as a necessary reminder to step back and examine what we are doing to protect Earth’s fresh water sources.
The EPA reports that 40% of America’s waterways are currently suffering water quality problems. They have a detailed watershed database you can use to locate which watershed you live in, how polluted it is, and what you can do you to help protect your region’s water quality. There are many ways you and your family can prevent water pollution right from home! For example:
- Avoid flushing unwanted or expired medication down the toilet or sink drain.
- Fix any leaks in your car and put a liner in your driveway to collect oil and other synthetic materials.
- Avoid using pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and use nontoxic household cleaning products whenever you can.