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Whether you live along a river or not, your everyday actions impact our streams and lakes.  Rain and snow melt runs off our roofs, lawns, and driveways, eventually making its way to local streams and lakes.  If you live in a city with curbs and gutters, it most likely goes into the nearest storm drain which is piped directly to a stream or lake.  It does not get filtered or treated.

There are several steps you can take to “Be River Wise” that will help this water to soak into the ground instead of running off into our streams and lakes.  By soaking into the ground, the water recharges our ground water supply (which we drink!), filters out harmful pollutants, and protects local waterways.

What can I do at home?

To be River Wise at home, learn more about these watershed-friendly practices:


Explore the various ways to support the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council today!