April welcomes the beginning of warm spring weather, as well as the all-important Earth Day. Even though we set out a specific day to think more about our planet and how to protect it, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is encouraging everyone to celebrate Earth Day everyday! Each small action that individuals take-on daily to protect our local watersheds makes a difference in enhancing and protecting our natural environment. Pick one environmental action that you and your family can change, and continue it year round. The GRCA has a few suggestions for you:
- Conserve water by using less water each day. Fix leaky faucets, purchase a rain barrel through GRCA’s fundraiser (www.rainbarrel.ca/ganaraska) so you can use rainwater in your gardens, or install a soaker hose in your garden
- Replace a harsh cleaning product with a green cleaning product, or try making your own
- Plan to visit your local hazardous waste day to dispose of your household hazardous wastes
- Test your private well water with a kit obtained through the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit or the Durham Health Department
- Clean litter from storm drains, roadside ditches, or streams on your property
- Plan to add native plants to your gardens, or plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and visit the GRCA on May 25th from 9 – 12 for the Native Plant Sale
- Plan to avoid cutting your lawn along streams, creeks or rivers that flow throughout your property
- Visit one of the nine conservation areas within the Ganaraska Region watershed or the Ganaraska Forest
- Visit Corbett’s Dam fish ladder on the Ganaraska River to see rainbow trout swim upstream to spawn
Staff at the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority participate in an Earth Day clean-up each year, where they pick up garbage and debris surrounding the GRCA office and Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area. Consider organizing a clean-up in your neighbourhood.
For more information on these everyday actions you can do to enjoy, enhance and protect your local environment, contact the GRCA at (905)885-8173.