There are lots of things that people can actually do themselves in order to help protect a watershed. Obviously, one person doing all of these things will only go so far. However, if enough people do them, then it really can make a huge difference. After all, pollution and global climate change didn’t happen because one person did something. They’re happening right now because of the actions of countless individuals. If countless individuals manage to change their habits, it can have an effect that is just as influential.
People can help to protect their watersheds just by conserving water. Only a tiny portion of the water on the planet is even fit for human use and consumption. It is somewhat shameless that a lot of people use it on the level that they do, and that this has become something of a cultural norm. Taking shorter showers can make a difference. It’s actually still better to take a shower than a bath when it comes to water conservation. However, many people will take showers for a half an hour or even longer, and this tends to waste gallons and gallons of water.
People should never use lawn sprinklers, which use more water than almost anything else and offer very little in return. No one needs to leave lawn sprinklers running in order to nourish the ground. The grass isn’t going to get any greener. People who are using lawn sprinklers are not doing anything constructive. They’re just going to be in a situation where they are wasting a shocking amount of water by over-saturating the ground with fresh water that everyone needs.
Part of protection a watershed involves water conservation. The other part involves the avoidance of contamination. People have a tendency to pour almost anything down the sink and as long as they don’t damage the pipes at all, they think that the substances that they pour down the sink will just disappear. In fact, the people who do this are poisoning local watersheds. People who need to dispose of anything that they think might be toxic will need to go to a hazardous waste center in order to take care of it at once.