What I Can Do
Protecting the Wabash River means healthy and adequate water supplies for everyone. It will take all of us – full and part-time residents, businesses, local government, and environmental and civic groups – to make a difference. Find a small way that you can contribute to improving the Wabash River.
- Volunteer with the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation. Click here to learn about WREC and their efforts to improve the Wabash River.
- Share this website with your family, friends, and neighbors.
- Manage your lawn correctly including responsible fertilizer use and phosphorus-free fertilizer and household product use. For specific lawn care tips and tricks and to take the phosphorus-free fertilizer pledge visit Clear Choices, Clean Water.
- Use commercial car washes. Washing your car at home can increase the runoff of dirt and detergents to nearby storm drains. Car washes filter their water then discharge wash water to the local sanitary sewer. There it is treated before it is released to the Wabash River.
- Pick up pet waste. Dog waste is raw sewage. Be smart – Scoop the poop, bag it, and place it in the trash. Visit the Tippecanoe Stormwater Partnership website for more information about pet waste and details for Scoop the Poop efforts throughout Tippecanoe County.
- Compost your yard waste. Grass clippings contain phosphorus providing a natural fertilizer to your lawn. Annually, yard wastes provide nutrients equivalent to up to two fertilizer applications. Avoid placing grass, leaves, and twigs in storm sewers. If you don’t want to compost, take advantage of the City of Lafayette and City of West Lafayette’s leaf pick-up programs.
- Recycle! The Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District accepts more than 10,000 items for recycling. Items are recycled throughout Greater Lafayette:
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- Lend a helping hand. Clear trash and debris from storm drains, driveways and hard surfaces to prevent clogs. Report any drainage problems immediately.
- Become an Eco Champion! Implement a green practice.