TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Water is one of our most abundant resources, but unfortunately a lot of people take it for granted, overusing it and contaminating groundwater with chemicals.
When people put pesticides on their lawns, most don't realize the long term effects.
"Even the small amounts that you're putting in your own home garden, those are making it into our waterways," said Robyn Morton, Associate Director of the White Violet Center in Terre Haute. "Those are making it into our storm drains. Those are making it into the places that we would otherwise like to fish, like our children to be playing."
The land can absorb some of these chemicals, but not all of them.
"There's very little reason to think that everything that we're putting into the ground up here is getting cleaned out of that water very efficiently," said Robyn.
Using more targeted fertilizers will limit chemical run-off.
While there is no water shortage here in the Wabash Valley, there are still simple steps that can be taken to use it more wisely, saving money and resources.
One of the best ways is to intercept water that's already available.
We've all heard of rain barrels, but you can also put in a water garden in a low-lying area.
They are a great way to add color to any yard, while conserving and putting
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