The day-to-day choices of residents and visitors help determine if precious water resources will be here for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Visit the Pledge for Clean Water to learn how you can make a difference. Gardeners and property owners along water have a special role to play.
Water is critical to life. It provides food, beverages, forests, the means to manufacture goods and much more. Something as simple as water running off the land into local waterways is one of the biggest threats. Human activity on the land pollutes the water that reaches the creeks, Otsego Lake and far-away Chesepeake Bay when rain water and snow melt pick up soil, tiny bits of metal, pesticides, automotive fluids and nutrients such as phosphorus. Even in the water rich Finger Lakes, much of the water we depend on is underground.
Reducing surfaces impervious to water roads, sidewalks, parking lots can protect and restore water resources. Connecticut Extension has step-by-step guidance for communities who want to take action.
Read chapters of Diet for a Small Lake to learn about lake ecology, protecting our waters, aquatic plants and algae. Much of the information is relevant to ponds and even a large lake like Otsego Lake.
Last updated April 9, 2019