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You and Your Watershed

Whether you know it or not, everything you do affects your watershed. The water you use for drinking, cooking, cleaning or bathing was collected in your watershed. Even activities that do not involve water such as fertilizing your lawn, walking your dog or driving your car affect the health of your watershed.

When water falls onto the land in your watershed, it begins its journey toward a body of water. The water flows over streets and lawns and through storm drains and picks up pollutants in its path. This might be oil and grease left from a leaking car, or fertilizer and pesticides from nearby yards. In the end, both the water and the pollution it carries ends up in nearby streams and lakes, such as Brooker Creek or Lake Tarpon.

Brooker Creek watershed
Brooker Creek watershed

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