Environmental and Natural Resource Issues
Environmental and Natural Resource Issues

Residential Water Quality

Residential Water Quality

Residential Water Quality

Trash is Trouble in Our Streams

Trash left on the ground is more than unsightly.  It’s a source of pollution to our waterways.  Trash can alter natural stream flow, destabilizing stream banks and accelerating erosion.  This introduces excess sediment into the stream system which is a water quality concern.  It clogs streams and piping, causing ponding and flooding.  Wildlife may be injured if they ingest it or become entangled in it.   Trash also presents a potential hazard to humans who utilize streams for recreation.  Do your part to keep trash out of our waterways: reduce use of packaging, choose to reuse, refuse single use containers, recycle what you can, and Pick It Up!

Whether you live in a rural area or a densely populated urban center, we all have a role to play in protecting and improving water quality.  Small changes in our daily habits can add up to big benefits in water conservation and pollution reduction now and for future generations.

Follow these links to find out

  • Why it is important to pick up pet waste;
  • How you can reduce stormwater runoff from your property;
  • What simple lawncare practices you can implement to reduce pollutants from your lawn;  
  • How to manage your septic system to protect groundwater and surface water sources.  

Remember, your actions impact you and others around you.  Being informed is a first step to making sound, sustainable decisions.    


Contact Information

Brad Lee
ENRI Chair

N122 Agricultural Science North Lexington, KY 40546-0091