Here's what you can do:

To control runoff and erosion
  • resod grass; plant trees or shrubs
  • divert water from pavement onto grass or planted areas
  • repair fluid leaks in cars and trucks
  • To minimize nutrient build-up
  • choose the right fertilizer and use it conservatively
  • prevent leaks in septic tanks
  • use non-phosphate detergents
  • To reduce drifting debris
  • recycle glass, aluminum, plastic, paper
  • buy products with minimal packaging
  • dispose of shipboard trash properly
  • never release balloons outside
  • To take care with toxic chemicals
  • use fewer pesticides; store and dispose safely
  • drain pools and dispose of treatment chemicals properly
  • find collection programs for batteries, oil, and household hazardous waste
  • learn about safe alternatives to garden and household hazardous chemicals
  • To conserve water and energy
  • take short showers; install faucet aerators and efficient showerheads and toilets; fix leaky toilets and faucets
  • turn thermostats down; turn off tv and lights when not in use
  • run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads; insulate hot-water heaters
  • drive less; bike or use carpools or public transportation
  • To take action
  • clean up a beach or stream
  • write to your policy makers
  • join a local citizens' environmental monitoring program
  • teach your children, parents, and friends
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    gene carl feldman ( (301) 286-9428
    Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)