Because we all live in a watershed, we play a very important role in protecting that environment. The stormwater that runs through our property can greatly effect the nearby stream, as well as a far off body of water that stream feeds into. For example, in Liberty the streams feed into the Missouri River, which feeds into the Mississippi River and then into the Gulf of Mexico. There is currently a "dead zone" over 7,700 square miles where the Gulf and the Mississippi meet. This area cannot support aquatic life because of the pollution coming from upstream.
What Can We Do?
Choices we make around our house can have an impact on our local streams. Some areas to consider include:
- Lawn care and gardening
- Household hazardous waste disposal
- Household cleaning products
- Storm drains and gutters
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) offers great ideas and resources on how we can make smart choices and preserve our streams and natural resources for future generations.
Additional Watershed Information
MARC also has more information on regional watersheds: