Protecting Stream Flow
A dripping faucet
20 gallons of water every day.
That’s 6000 gallons of water
a month, 72,000 gallons a year.
Avoid locating structures and storage
containers near the stream bank.
Any structure built within reach of floodwaters is subject to damage or
loss and may decrease the stream’s ability to accommodate flood flows
safely. Structures such as storage sheds, patios, and decks require
removal of the stream’s natural protective vegetation and often
decrease the stability of vulnerable slopes. Construction disturbs the
soil and vegetation, adding to the sediment buildup in the
stream. The best way to accommodate floodwaters is to avoid
constructing improvements in the flood zone and maintain the area in
its natural state.
Avoid diverting water or damming the
Water diversions and dams significantly affect the life of a creek by
reducing water flow, and constructing or modifying dams always requires
a permit. Avoid
taking water directly from streams, especially during the dry season
when natural flows are low. The safest approach to good stream
care is to avoid altering the watercourse unless the modification is
needed to resolve an existing bank problem. Seek advice from the
Pave only when necessary. Paved surfaces increase runoff during storms
and peak flows in streams, adding to flooding and erosion problems.
Paving also results in lower flows during the dry season by reducing
groundwater storage. If you are planning to construct walkways,
patios, driveways, or stormwater drains, consider alternatives that
maximize permeable surface area. This allows more rainwater to soak
into the ground on site.
Practice water conservation.
Every drop of water you save, whether through landscaping with
drought-tolerant plants, reducing personal consumption, installing drip
irrigation, and avoiding other water-using activities, contributes to
maintaining a healthy stream environment in your stream or the source
of your communities water supply. Contact your local water supply
agency, EMC, or SWCD for more information on water conservation
You Can Do To Conserve Water
1. Check your water meter while no water is being used. If the
dial moves you have a leak.
2. Turn off your water and hot water heater when going on a trip.
3. Test for a leaking toilet by adding food coloring to your tank.
Without flushing note if any coloring appears in the bowl after 30
minutes. If color appears, you have a leak.
4. Place two-half gallon plastic bottles filled with water in your
toilet tank. This cuts the number of gallons used per flush from
five to four.
5. Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load. Use the
cycles with the least number of washes & rinses.
6. Don’t run water continuously when washing dishes.
7. Add your garbage to the compost or trash instead of putting it down
the garbage disposal. Disposals use a great deal of water, and
solids to a possibly overloaded sewer or septic system.
8. Wash Clothes only when you have a full load. Set the water
level control appropriately. The permanent press cycles may use
10 to 20 gallons of water.
9. Install a water conservation shower head. They are
inexpensive and reduce flow by at least 25%.
10. Take short showers instead of baths. Baths can use 30 to 50
gallons of water.
11. Do not let water running in the sink while brushing your teeth or
washing your face and hands.
12. Water your lawn during the coolest part of the day.