Fact Sheets

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Habitat Action: Why Does Native Habitat Matter? Native habitat can prevent erosion, slow runoff, and promote infiltration of runoff into the ground. Native plantings also increase biodiversity as they beautify landscaping and improve property values. How much native habitat is left from the time before European settlement? What can you do to restore native habitat? Go to the Habitat Action service-learning project page. Also, take a look at our Habitat Action Fact Sheet.

Garbage River and Trash Can Lake
Sure trash is ugly, but how does it hurt fish and other wildlife? What items do people throw away most these days? Go to the Clean Up Trash service-learning project page.

Pollution Pipe: Street to Stream
When pollutants spill into the street, where do they go? What are the most important pollutants? Go to the Stencil Storm Drains service-learning project page.

Phosphorus and the Green Scum
Since phosphorus is a necessary nutrient for plants and animals, why is it the most closely watched pollutant in many Minnesota lakes? Go to the Test Soil for Nutrient Content service-learning project page and/or the Compost Leaves and Grass service-learning project page.

Naked Dirt: Erosion
What are the most effective ways to reduce erosion? Do native grasses protect water quality better than typical lawn grasses? Go to the Habitat Action service-learning project page.

Water Pollution: Getting Better?
Are our rivers getting cleaner or more dirty? How have different uses of the land impacted lakes and rivers in the past 100 years? Go to the Educate the Public service-learning project page.

What Anyone Can Do to Prevent Pollution - For a one-page hand-out listing fourteen simple things anyone can do to protect water quality, see "The Solution to Pollution Is in Our Hands," (on page 4) in the Pollution Prevention Project Guide. Go to the Educate the Public service-learning project page.

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Additional fact sheets on water quality may be found at the WaterShed Partners Resources page.

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