Protecting Our Waterways
Whether you are brand new or a seasoned veteran to life on the water, there are a few steps that can taken to protect our creek, bay and ocean, ensuring the health and beauty of our waterways.
Comprising over 70% of the Earth’s surface, water is undoubtedly the most precious natural resource that exists on our planet. Without it, life on Earth would be non-existent: it is essential for everything on our planet to grow and prosper. Although we as humans recognize this fact, we disregard it by polluting our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Subsequently, we are slowly but surely harming our planet to the point where organisms are dying at a very alarming rate. In addition to innocent organisms dying off, our drinking water has become greatly affected as is our ability to use water for recreational purposes. In order to combat water pollution, we must understand the problems and become part of the solution
DID YOU KNOW?
- Overactive algae growth causes it to decompose stripping bottom waters of oxygen and killing fish, releasing a “rotten egg odor”, creating “swimmer’s itch” and shore scum?
- Overactive algae growth is caused from an excess of phosphates in the water.
- Phosphates can be found in many products such as detergents.
- Biodegradable materials require soil to breakdown properly. Those same products do not breakdown in water.
- Because oil and water do not mix, the oil floats on the water and then washes up on broad expanses of shoreline. Attempts to chemically treat or sink the oil may further disrupt marine and beach ecosystems.
- Dishwashing liquids use a petroleum base in their formulation, and dishwashing detergents use petroleum in some ingredients, like artificial fragrances.
- Sewage and domestic wastes are the biggest cause of human diseases like typhoid, jaundice, cholera and dysentery. This source of water pollution includes soap and detergents, human excreta and urine. Maximum micro-organisms survive in this water and when it mixes with river water these microorganisms start multiplying.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
- Read labels before purchasing detergent, shampoo and personal care products. Look for products that have no phosphates, no chlorine, no fragrances / free of artificial fragrances, no dyes, no animal ingredients and no petroleum.
- For laundry, dishwashing and bathing, it's best to use an eco-brand and any eco-brand worth its eco-label will be phosphate- and chlorine-free.
- Properly dispose of sewage including human feces and urine.
- Scrape food particles off dirty dishes before putting them in the sink.
- Put sink strainer in the kitchen sink so the strainer catches most of food particles before the dishwater is drained.
- Educate yourself and others about protecting our waterways.