Water Quality and Odes
This is a two way street - most odes need clean water to survive,
so if we want to protect them, we have to keep our water clean. On
the other side, odes are a good indicator of the quality of the
water, and we all want to save clean streams and lakes
for our enjoyment and our kids.
There are a bunch of things we can do to protect our water.
I'm not going to try to list everything here, but we'll
give you a few links to explore if you want to learn more about
water quality and watershed preservation. But at bare minimum,
do you really need to fertilize your lawn? And if it
really is necessary, could you please use environmentally friendly
fertilizer in minimum quantities?
A good starting point to learn more is the
NJ DEP's water management website. This site provides information
on NJ watersheds. Check out their "links" page and scroll all
the way down past the state and federal agencies for a list of
watershed groups. Enjoy your visit there, but
please, come back soon.