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Branford River watershed appears to have escaped many of the ravages
common to urban and suburban watersheds, development has fragmented
many wildlife habitats and pollution continues to threaten the river's
water quality. It is important to protect our river's natural systems
while there is still time.
the Branford River Project and contribute to its efforts.
litter under control. Join us on our Branford River Clean Up Days.
your use of pesticides and fertilizers. If you do use lawn chemicals,
apply them properly and in recommended amounts based on the results
of a soil test.
live along the river, compost your yard waste rather than throwing
it over the riverbank. Also, maintain a buffer of native vegetation
instead of planting grass all the way to the river's edge.
a river steward.
dump hazardous waste (e.g., motor oil, household chemicals) down
household or storm drains. Instead, bring them to HazWaste Central
at the South Central Regional Water Authority.
responsibility for the storm drains around your home. Be sure to
keep excess sand, leaves and debris away from these drains.
water to reduce the volume of waste water which must be treated
in the sewage treatment plant
up after your pets.
out your septic system regularly.
out stations for boat refuse.
with your local officials. Support local, state and national programs
to improve water quality.
by Melissa Keane. Other illustrations by David Janicki.
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