As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world."
Healthy watersheds depend on public involvement and the choices we make in our homes, in our communities and in the workplace.
Many actions that affect how our water resources are managed and protected, and are proposed by DWR or the Environmental Management Commission, include an opportunity for public comment. The division also holds informational meetings, workshops and public hearings that are designed to increase public understanding and involvement in issues affecting water quality and quantity. These opportunities can be found on our Public Events Calendar.
There are also other ways to "get your feet wet" and to help make sure our beautiful and bountiful state waters are protected for generations to come.
Stream Watch - this program encourages neighbors, civic groups and businesses to adopt a local stream, keep an eye out for any problems that might arise and work together to ensure that the stream is healthy and able to support wildlife habitat, recreation and other uses.
Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers) - The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state sponsored Project WET programs. It is available to educators in classroom settings, home schools, daycares, nature centers, resources agencies and more.
Aquatic Weed Control - Does a nearby lake have an abundance of nuisance plants? You and your neighbors may be able to get some help from Division of Water Resources aquatic weed control program. The purpose of the program is to assist North Carolina citizens and local governments burdened with aquatic weed infestations. The philosophy is that by responding early to localized outbreaks, DWR can mitigate the long-term economic and environmental impacts these species impose.
We've got great ideas of how you can improve water quality at home and in your community in these publications and websites:
- Improving Water Quality in Your Own Back Yard
- Water Quality - We All Play a Part
- Caring for Your Lawn and the Environment (NC State / NC Cooperative Extension link)
- Water U Know! - What is algae? How does a wastewater plant work? Learn more.
- Visit the Environmental Education website