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What does it mean to Be Freshwater Friendly?

Posted June 2, 2015 in Articles


Be Freshwater Friendly
is a campaign to help educate the Upstate on how small changes in our day-to-day actions can have a great impact in our local rivers, lakes and streams. Being friendly to freshwater sources will protect aquatic wildlife, provide clean water for drinking and recreational use, and preserve our watershed for the long-term.

But what does that mean to the average Upstate resident? It is a call to action to think and act better when it comes to preserving our water ways. Here are some ways you can be Fresh Water Friendly.

Washing your car:

  • Use soap and cleaning products sparingly
  • Use a hose with a trigger nozzle to conserve water (reduces runoff too)
  • Wash your car on a grassy or gravel area instead of an impervious driveway
  • The ground will filter the water naturally and reduce runoff
  • Instead of washing your car at home, go to a commercial car wash
  • Most car washes recycle water, and then send to the sewer system for treatment


  • Don’t pour grease down the drain
  • Keep acontainer near your stove to put excess grease in
  • Remember that salad dressing can clog your drain just like grease


Poop Etiquette

  • Walk your dog in grassy areas, parks or undeveloped areas, not near stream, pond and lake banks.
  • Scoop the poop. Take a plastic bag with you on your walk and place the bag in the trash.
  • You can also flush pet waste down the toilet, if you are on public sewer and the waste is not mixed with other materials (dirt, grass, leaves, etc.). Do NOT flush kitty litter.
  • You can bury pet waste in your yard, at least six inches deep, away from waterways and gardens.
  • Don’t put pet waste in the compost pile. While animal manures can make useful fertilizer, parasites carried in dog and cat feces can cause diseases in humans and should not be incorporated into compost piles.

For more ways to Be Fresh Water Friendly or other information about the campaign, check out our Be Freshwater Friendly website.