protecting water

8 Tips for Protecting Our Water

It’s an important time for lake and ocean lovers. Whether you swim, boat, or fish, you likely feel motivated to protect our water sources and preserve these wet habitats.

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Every summer lakes and oceans beckon us with their crisp, cool waters. Whether you plan to take to the lake or drive to the ocean, chances are you will spend time in a natural body of water this year! With climate change and pollution on the tips of everyone’s tongues, it’s important to find ways to protect these beautiful places whether we’re at home or at the beach. Beach bums, ocean dwellers, and lake lovers will thank you!

How to Preserve & Protect Our Water

  1. Turn off your facet when your washing dishes or brushing your teeth. Reduce waste and runoff water.
  2. Refrain from using harsh chemicals and cleaners. Dispose of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical cleaners properly.
  3. Reduce your waste and trash.
  4. Shop smartly and avoid plastic bags, plastic bottles, and plastic straws. These items often end up in water sources!
  5. Use less energy at home (like using energy-efficient appliances) and create less travel pollution by riding your bike or carpooling. 
  6. Fish responsibly. Use catch and release.
  7. Boat safety. Anchor in sandy places, away from natural habitats like coral or rocks. And don’t throw trash from your boat! Adhere to “no wake” zone.
  8. Volunteer at your local park or beach!

You can find more information about protecting our lakes, oceans, rivers, and other natural habitats at the NOAA website.

Looking Ahead

Pi(e) Day Hike at Atwood Lake ParkMarch 14

Pancake Brunch & Hike at Tappan Lake Park – March 18

Spring Celebration at Charles Mill Lake Park – March 18

Ohio Hunter Education Course at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – March 25

First Chance Bass Tournament at Tappan Lake ParkApril 2

Boater Education Course at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – April 22

Archery Range at Pleasant Hill Lake ParkApril 29

Osprey Wagon Tours at Pleasant Hill Lake ParkApril 29

BB Gun Range at Pleasant Hill Lake PartApril 30

Ohio Boater Education Course for Kids at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – June 20

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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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