Protecting Streams and Rivers
Prince William County Department of Public Works encourages each and every one of us to take steps to protect and preserve our local streams and rivers. By safeguarding our waters, we are helping neighboring localities, the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
There is a great deal you can do. For instance, remember to pick up after pets, collect and properly dispose of litter, capture and recycle motor oil and fertilize properly so excess fertilizer does not wash into the storm drain.
Around your home:
Use wise and environmentally sound practices around your home. You can use landscaping to help protect your soil and slow rain water from washing off your property with rain gardens and native plantings.
In your community, many groups are working together to help neighbors understand that storm drains along the streets flow to local streams and creeks and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay. A number of volunteers are placing decals on the storm drains. Please remember only rain down the drain and do your part to limit pollutants, trash and contaminates from entering the storm drain.
Around your business:
Please be sure to pick up litter around your property and to practice sound maintenance techniques to minimize your impact on the environment. Please remove salt and sand from your parking lot after snow storms, as well as clear debris and motor oil from your lot.
In your community:
- Learn about the conditions of streams and environmentally sensitive areas in the County through the Stream Assessment Viewer. The viewer will answer such questions as:
- Which stream reaches have been studied?
- Where are the dump, erosion, obstruction, utility crossing, ditch crossing, buffer disturbance, and crossing sites located on the studied stream reaches? Pictures of these sites may be available.
- What is the physical condition of a stream?
We can all make a difference in the health and future of our streams. Please take a step today to preserve and protect our waters.